KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Pendleton Buckaroos found themselves outmatched against a blazing fast Kennewick Lions team on Friday as both schools opened their fall football schedule.

Kennewick scored its first touchdown on a 60-yard scoop and score after a Pendleton fumble ended a drive that started with three first downs.

Kennewick scored again on defense before Pendleton’s offense could get on the board and went on to cruise to a 53-6 win.

“As fast as (the Lions) were last year, it’s hard to believe but they’re even faster,” said Pendleton coach Mitch Sanders. “The level that Kennewick is at reminds me of a really good Metro League team from a few years back.”

The Bucks’ lone score came on a 14-yard pass from Connor Johnson to Lathan Alger, who hauled in the score just hours after running to a fifth-place finish at the Bucks’ home cross country meet.

No further statistics were available as Sanders said he would have to wait and watch the video of the game since no stat keeper was on the trip.

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