Defense gives King’s boost in 30-13 win | Football

By David Pan | Nov 01, 2018

King’s defense lended a helping hand to the offense.

The Knights forced two turnovers that led to a pair of key touchdowns as King’s defeated South Whidbey 30-13 in a North Sound Conference football game Friday, Oct. 26, at South Whidbey High School.

The victory enabled the Knights (4-1 in the league, 4-5 overall) to clinch the league’s No. 2 seed to the district playoffs. King’s plays Northwest Conference No. 2 seed Lynden Christian in a loser-out game at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at Woolsey Stadium.

King’s coach Jim Shapiro noted that the Knights started out the season 0-4 and this week they are hosting a playoff game.

“It’s pretty cool,” he said.

The Falcons (3-2, 6-3) as the No. 3 seed travel to face Northwest Conference No. 1 seed Meridian.

South Whidbey took a 7-3 lead after the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Kody Newman to Alex Black. King’s Jack McAllister kicked 27-yard field goal.

Junior quarterback Casey Needham scored on touchdown runs of 21 and 2 yards in the second quarter to help the Knights to a 17-7 halftime lead.

“The second quarter was a big quarter,” Shapiro said. “We caused a couple of turnovers on defense and the offense did what they’ve done the last couple of games. They moved the ball and scored. That’s a pretty good combination.”

The King’s defense also stopped South Whidbey on a fourth-and-goal on the final play of the second quarter.

Senior running back Josiah Seirs extended the lead to 24-7 on a 19-yard run in the third quarter and then scored on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter. South Whidbey’s C.H. Chapman returned a fumble 12 yards for a score to close out the game.

Seirs ran for 169 yards on 22 carries, while Needham finished with 71 yards on 13 carries. Needham completed 10 of 19 passes for 105 yards. Senior wide receiver Davis Campbell caught five passes for 59 yards.

“South Whidbey is big up front. We wore them down in the second half,” Shapiro said. “We were able to really move the ball on the ground. It was great for clock management and controlling the ball.”

Though Lynden Christian did not appear in the final Associated Press top 10 poll, the Lyncs were ranked as high as fourth earlier in the season.

“They have a balanced attack,” Shapiro said. “They have a really good quarterback and a good set of receivers.”

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