Establishing a rushing attack is always a top priority for the Kennewick High School football team, and with the top two rushers and a stable of starters on the offensive line returning, 2016 could be the year of the ground-and-pound for the Lions.
“As long as I’ve been here, we’ve tried to run the ball first,” Kennewick coach Bill Templeton said. “The kids are getting pretty good at it. But like anything, you’ve just got to improve every day.”
Kennewick’s 6-foot-2, 300-pound left tackle, Brendon Villasenor, figures to anchor the offense as a fourth-year starter in the trenches. With returning senior starters Dion Kutzke (center) and Josh Sullins, as well as senior transfer James Cozad — who played outside linebacker for Sumner High School last season — the Lions figure to be one of the most physical teams in the Mid-Columbia Conference at the line of scrimmage.
“We imposed our will on teams last year, so I feel like we’ll keep doing the same thing,” said Villasenor, a second-team all-MCC pick who also starts on the defensive line. “That will just get the ball moving.”