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Now that the business of winning their third consecutive Mid Columbia Conference regular season football title is out of the way, the Richland Bombers can start to get really serious.

“Now we head into the tournament,” said Richland head coach Mike Neidhold after his team beat crosstown rival Hanford 50 0 to win the Atomic Bowl. “Now we play for Mondays.”

The Bombers 7 0 MCC, 9 0 overall beat the Falcons 4 3, 5 4 in an almost business like fashion, rolling up 431 yards of offense, while defensively holding a good Hanford offense to just 130 yards.

Leading the way was senior quarterback Cade Jensen, who passed for 342 yards, five touchdowns, and ran in another score.

“Cade had a great game,” said Neidhold. “He’s like an extra coach out there for us. He knows exactly what he needs to do, and he takes care of the ball. I’m real proud of of him and how he’s matured.”

Neidhold said that Jensen, while a senior, has just nine games of varsity experience.

“I’ve improved so much since the start of the season,” said Jensen, who finishes the regular season with 2,124 passing yards, 27 TD passes, and just six interceptions. “It’s just about being comfortable with my receivers. I just need to get the guys the ball.”

On this night, Jensen connected with eight different receivers.

Leading the way was Ryan Piper, who caught four passes for 75 yards — including a 37 yard TD catch on the game’s opening drive.

“It’s just super fun playing with Cade https://www.falconsatljersey.com/matt-bosher-jersey-c-6.html ,” said Piper. “He’s my best friend, and he studies the game more than anyone else.”

And Jensen continued to teach the Falcons a few things, tossing a 37 yard scoring strike to Cody Sanderson; a 36 yarder to Sammy Cervantes; scoring himself on a 1 yard run; a 17 yard TD pass to Cervantes; and a 5 yard TD strike to Adam Weissenfels.

Weissenfels finished the scoring barrage with a 96 yard pick 6 in the running clock fourth quarter.

Richland’s standout defensive lineman, Jax Lee, led the Bombers defensively with 5 tackles 2 for loss and a quarterback sack. Linebacker Casey Perryman added 4 tackles 1 for loss . In fact , the Bombers forced five turnovers that they turned into 22 points in the second half.

The victory gives Richland a 33 3 record over the past three seasons, in which they were crowned MCC champions in all three years.

“The guys honored the tradition of the program https://www.falconsatljersey.com/alek-torgersen-jersey-c-5.html , taking care of winning the league title,” said Neidhold, who said part of the tradition is being good citizens.

But was he completely happy?

“No,” Neidhold said. “To Hanford’s credit, they dropped eight guys back on defense. But we had a tough time running the football.”

In addition, Richland was called for 14 penalties worth 134 yards.

The Bombers must now await an opponent Darion Griswold Jersey from the Greater Spokane League. Lewis Clark, Mead and University are all tied for third in the GSL standings, and must play a tiebreaker on Tuesday — with the winner taking on Richland at Fran Rish Stadium either Friday or Saturday.

Hanford, meanwhile, can take solace that it’s playing in the postseason. The Falcons travel to Spokane on Friday to play Central Valley in a 4A regional playoff game.

“We just have to flush this loss and move on to the Central Valley game,” Hanford coach Brett Jay said. “We’ve just got to fix the negative yardage plays.”

It’s time to wipe the slate clean.

Jensen and Piper know that.

“This the playoffs is what we live for https://www.falconsatljersey.com/mike-meyer-jersey-c-7.html ,” Jensen said.

Piper agreed.

“We have one big goal,” he said. “That’s to get back to the T Dome.”

That would be the Tacoma Dome, where the state championship is played and where Richland finished second in state last year.

The journey for Neidhold and the Bombers begins on, fittingly, this coming Monday

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