King’s overwhelms Cedar Park Christian | FootballKnights continue dominance over league opponents
King’s starters headed to the sidelines early for the third straight game.
The Knights overwhelmed Cedar Park Christian 51-13 in a Cascade Conference football game Friday night at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland.
King’s (3-1 in the league, 4-2 overall) led 44-0 at halftime and started pulling its starters toward the end of the second quarter. The reserves played the second half.
The Knights led South Whidbey 60-8 and Cedarcrest 38-0 at halftime in their last two contests.
“I feel the last few games we’ve kind of hit our rhythm,” King’s coach Jim Shapiro said. “We came out real steady from start to finish. I feel we played some steady, consistent football.”
Friday’s game saw the return of senior running back Andrew Cline, who missed the previous game due to illness. Cline rushed for 76 yards on 9 carries and scored 1 TD.
“It’s good to have him back,” Shapiro said. “He ran hard.”
Jack Van Dyke completed 7 of 8 passes for 83 yards and 1 touchdown.
King’s, as most teams are, has been dealing with injuries. The Knights look to be relatively healthy heading into their final two regular season games.
“I’m happy with where we’re at,” Shapiro said. “We have two more regular season games. The competition is going to get stiffer.”
Senior running back Caleb Perry, who ran for 91 yards on 8 carries, scored on a 44-yard run and Cline had a 2-yard TD run to give King’s a 14-0 first quarter lead.
Cline then returned a blocked punt 8 yards for a score early in the second quarter. Perry ran 3 yards for a TD and Van Dyke scored on a 5-yard run. Perry also caught a 39-yard pass from Van Dyke, who added a 32-yard field goal. Logan Perrigo closed out the scoring with a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter.
King’s hosts Granite Falls at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Woolsey Stadium in Shoreline.
Shapiro has never experienced a season when King’s has been involved in so many lopsided games. Sometimes one team in the league has a down season, Shapiro said, rather than a bunch of teams.
The overall numbers for some of the schools are significantly down. King’s also is feeling the numbers crunch. Last year there were 70 players out. This year King’s has 50 on its roster.
Shapiro can’t pinpoint a reason for the decline, though the reasons given at King’s have to do with kids being too busy with other extracurricular activities.
“There are less kids playing the game,” Shapiro said.