Perry runs for four TDs to lead Knights past Red Wolves | Football
After rushing for nearly 300 yards and scoring four touchdowns, senior running back Caleb Perry told King’s coach Jim Shapiro that he felt he was “in the zone.”
The same could be said of the rest of the Knights, as they rolled to a 45-21 victory over Cedarcrest in a Cascade Conference football game Friday night at Cedarcrest High School.
King’s (1-1 in the league, 2-2 overall) led 28-0 after the first quarter and was up 38-0 at halftime.
“I was actually surprised,” Shapiro said of his team’s performance in the first half. “Cedarcrest is a well-coached tam. They have good overall speed. Our team’s speed matched up well with them nicely.”
Perry scored on touchdown runs of 34, 77, 46 and 63 yards. He finished with 281 yards on 13 carries. Perry’s partner in the backfield, senior Andrew Cline, rushed for 114 yards on 12 carries and scored on a 77- yard run.
“(Perry) was really focused and ran really well,” Shapiro said.
Friday’s game was Cline’s second game back, after missing the team’s first two contests because of not having enough practices. Both Perry and Cline rushed for more than 1,100 yards last year, giving the Knights what Shapiro describes a nice one-two punch.
“This is really the first game where we put all aspects – offense, defense and special teams – together,” Shapiro said. “I really felt the offense was clicking consistently for the first time.”
Shapiro said that the defense played well in last week’s 38-0 loss to Archbishop Murphy and the Knights carried that over against the Red Wolves.
“The defense is really coming together,” he said.
Injuries to the offensive line resulted in Shapiro shifting Jerad Stretton from linebacker to the offensive line. He had never played on the offensive line before.
“It was his first varsity start,” Shapiro said. “He did a really good job. … Obviously we had all the right pieces.”
King’s hosts South Whidbey (0-1, 0-3) at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at Woolsey Stadium.