SBLive is previewing the Top 50 high school teams in Washington ahead of the fall 2021 season. Here’s an inside look at the Chiawana Riverhawks of the 4A/3A Mid-Columbia Conference – the No. 30 team in our countdown.
SPRING 2021 IN REVIEW
6-0 in 4A/3A Mid-Columbia Conference (first place).
- Scott Bond, second season.
- Overall record: 6-0.
- Coordinators (base scheme): Offense – Scott Bond (spread). Defense – Don Hogue (3-4).
LB/RB Cameron Breier
WR/DB Aiden Mason
DB Aarloh Valdovinos
WR/DB Jalen Webber
DL/WR Kobe Young
Offense – 4. Defense – 4.
LB Jerry Alonso, 5-7, 170, sr.
WR/LB Hunter Azure-Pryce, 5-7, 175, jr.
OL Jack Booth, 6-1, 250, jr.
LB Isaac Hoag, 5-10, 185, sr
DL Darion Johnson, 6-1, 190, sr.
PK Michael Kot, 6-4, 170, sr.
OL Chase Langford, 6-4, 240, jr.
RB Ian Mohl, 6-0, 170, jr.
OL Cyrus Pardini, 6-3, 270, jr.
WR/DB Kade Smith, 6-3, 170, jr.
QB JP Zamora, 6-4, 190, sr.
Cyrus Pardini and Chase Langford.
THREE TO SEE
Jerry Alonso, inside linebacker
Every time you pull up Riverhawks’ game film, this all-MCC first-teamer is not only around the ball – his mean streak shows.
Kade Smith, wide receiver
Guard on basketball team collects football passes like he does outlet feeds – and has some of the most natural hands you’ll find.
JP Zamora, quarterback
Feels like just yesterday he took over the offense as a ninth grader – dual-threat dynamo is undisputed leader of the attack.
FALL SEASON OUTLOOK
It is hard to overlook what the Riverhawks have done in the Mid-Columbia Conference over the past three seasons.
They won the league titles in 2018 and 2019 under then-coach Steve Graff – and then again in the spring under first-year coach Scott Bond, the former offensive coordinator.
They are on an 18-game league winning streak, dating back to the middle of the 2018 season – and that is remarkable considering they play the likes of Kamiakin, Richland and Kennewick every year.
So, what is Bond thankful for in the months after the spring MCC title?
A usual summer.
“We’re back to what has been normal over the past 20 years,” Bond said.
What isn’t normal, unlike the past three years, is filling a heavy amount key departed starting positions.
On defense, three of the four linebackers return, led by Jerry Alonso. But the secondary needs retooling. And the Riverhawks got some bad news a few weeks ago when they learned that two-time, all-MCC first-team nose guard Isaiah Anderson, an Oregon State University wrestling commit, would miss his senior season with a serious shoulder injury.
“People don’t understand what he’s done for our defense,” Bond said. “That will be a big position to fill.”
What gives Bond a little solace is that he returns the quarterback with the most experience in the league – senior JP Zamora, who recently de-committed from Utah and has reopened his recruiting.
One of the things Bond did in the offseason was hire a new quarterbacks coach – former Chiawana signal caller Troy Simpkins (class of 2017) – to work more directly with Zamora.
“His (Zamora’s) leadership this year has been way better,” Bond said. “His effort has been what you’d expect, which is a good thing to watch.”
Zamora could be a total-offense beast – passing and running – this fall, and has a pair of exciting wide receivers to throw to in juniors Kade Smith and Hunter Azure-Pryce.
“Nothing should come as a surprise to him,” Bond said.
- Sept. 3 vs. Hanford
- Sept. 9 at Kamiakin
- Sept. 17 vs, Hermiston (Ore.)
- Sept. 23 vs. Union
- Oct. 1 at Richland
- Oct. 8 vs. Walla Walla
- Oct. 15 at Southridge
- Oct. 22 vs. Kennewick
- Oct. 29 vs. Pasco