Injuries pile up for King’s in 19-6 loss to Sultan | Football

Knights to face Mount Baker in district playoff game
By David Pan | Oct 26, 2017

King’s came into last week’s game against Sultan with several key players out with injuries.

The Knights left in worse shape after Sultan prevailed 19-6 in in a Cascade Conference football game Friday, Oct. 20, at Woolsey Stadium.

Sophomore quarterback Luke Marion was knocked out of the game at the beginning of the season half and was replaced by third-string quarterback Casey Needham. Senior Brennon Blevins, who has started off-and-off at quarterback, did not play also due to an injury.

By the end of Friday’s contest, King’s was missing 12 starters on both sides of the ball, though not all 12 were injured against the Turks.

“Our offense struggled,” King’s coach Jim Shapiro said. “Our defense played well.”

Injuries to the line didn’t help a King’s offense that wasn’t able to produce any points until the fourth quarter.

“We were really trying to establish the line of scrimmage,” Shapiro said. “We weren’t getting it done up front. Running and passing was a struggle for us.”

King’ s (2-3 in the league, 3-5 overall) had some new players starting on the offensive line and it was a challenge putting all the pieces together, Shapiro added.

“The younger guys were giving it their best effort,” he said. “It’s hard having so many different pieces.”

King’s finished with -13 yards on the ground. Marion and Needham completed 11 of 25 passes for 95 yards. The Knights lost four fumbles and threw one interception.

“Sultan wasn’t doing anything special. It was mostly our mistakes,” Shapiro said. “It’s stuff we can fix. We can do a better job with our blocking assignments.”

As of Tuesday, Oct. 24, Shapiro wasn’t sure who was going to be starting at quarterback for this week’s game against non-conference opponent Stanwood. Shapiro did rule Marion out.

Needham threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Atley Shapiro in the fourth quarter for King’s lone touchdown. Chase Root caught four passes for 38 yards.

The Knights’ defense actually played a solid game, Shapiro said.

The King’s coach noted that two of Sultan’s touchdowns were largely a result of an interception and a blocked punt that gave the Turks (3-1 3-5) the ball on the King’s 1.

“The defense played great,” Shapiro said. “We had eight plays from the 1-yard line. (Six) of them were stopped. We had a great goal line defense.”

King’s is on the road for a non-league game against Stanwood at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27.

Sultan claimed the No. 1 seed to districts, while the Knights are the No. 2 seed. King’s faces Mount Baker in a winner-to-state/loser-out district playoff game at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3, at Mount Baker High School. Sultan hosts the Northwest Conference’s No. 3 seed.

“For us it’s about the playoffs,” Shapiro said. “Every team wants to play for something. We’ve just got to get healthy.”

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