Washington’s Top 50 high school football teams: What has become ‘normal’ around No. 30 Chiawana – winning 4A/3A MCC championships

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).

COACH’S RESUMÉ

  • Scott Bond, second season.
  • Overall record: 6-0.
  • Coordinators (base scheme): Offense – Scott Bond (spread). Defense – Don Hogue (3-4).

NOTABLE DEPARTURES

LB/RB Cameron Breier

WR/DB Aiden Mason

DB Aarloh Valdovinos

WR/DB Jalen Webber

DL/WR Kobe Young

RETURNING STARTERS

Offense – 4. Defense – 4.

TOP PLAYERS

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.

FALL 2021 SCHEDULE

  • 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

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