KENNEWICK, Wash. — It was either the best "worst game" you ever saw, or the worst "best game."
Either way, Thursday night's Mid-Columbia Conference football tilt between the Pasco Bulldogs and Kamiakin Braves will be a memorable chapter in the storied rivalry.
Johnny Jansen ran for 152 yards and two scores, Kylle Robertson threw for three touchdowns, and the Braves overcame three turnovers and a tenacious Pasco squad for a 35-30 win at Lampson Stadium.
The Bulldogs did some overcoming of their own -- 10 penalties for 106 yards, a coaching ejection, a couple of turnovers and their best player on the sideline with crutches and a stress fracture.
Combine all that with the fact that Pasco was winless coming in and taking on a perennial playoff power, and it had all the makings of a blowout.
Instead, the Bulldogs finished 4 yards short of a tying touchdown with a little more than 2 minutes to go.
"It's just so frustrating," said Pasco QB Sean McNiel, who ran for three touchdowns and threw for a career-high 252 yards and another score. "All the practice time, the film time, and we come out and play with our hearts in every game.
"I've been feeling like (the first win is) around the corner all season. We just have to get it."
With senior running back/linebacker Luis Murillo sidelined, it fell to sophomore back T. J. Faamausili to give the Bulldogs (0-7, 0-5 MCC) a boost. And that he did, with 63 yards on the ground and 108 in receptions. His 74-yard jaunt on a screen pass early in the third quarter set up McNiel's second TD plunge and helped stem a serious momentum swing for Kamiakin (5-2, 4-1).
The Braves scored on the final play of the first half -- a 40-yard hookup between Robertson and Javan Williams to end a drive covering 65 yards in 20 seconds
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