King’s misfires against Mount Baker | Football

By David Pan | Nov 09, 2017

King’s finished with a strong second half performance in its 1A playoff football game against Mount Baker.

But a sub-par first half torpedoed the Knights, as they lost 45-15 to the Mountaineers Friday, Nov. 3, at Mount Baker High School.

Three turnovers helped Mount Baker take a 31-0 lead at halftime.

King’s coach Jim Shapiro was proud of how the Knights responded in the second half with two touchdowns.

“It was a great second half,” he said. “We made multiple mistakes in the first half that gave them the ball several times inside our red zone and obviously Mount Baker is a very good football team.”

At halftime, Shapiro urged his players to go out and play their best and treat the game as if the score was 0-0.

“Mount Baker kept their varsity players in there,” Shapiro said.

The Knights outscored the Mountaineers 15-14.

“We played much better and the kids were happy with the second half,” Shapiro said. “It was a tough season all around. They players showed some resolve to finish strong. It’s a testament to the type of kids there were.
King’s finished 3-7 overall. Mount Baker (7-3) advances to the first round of the state playoffs.

Senior quarterback Brennon Blevins closed out his high school career with a pair of touchdowns. He scored on an 18-yard run in the third quarter and then had a 5-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Senior lineman Taylor Schoenfeld scored on a 2-point conversion run, the first points the all-league standout scored in his high school career.

Blevins rushed for 73 yards on 22 carries. He completed 9 of 21 passes for 128 yards.

The Knights, who have suffered through a myriad of injuries since the start of the season, saw the return of a number of seniors, including running back Camden Hauck, wide receiver Jace Fransen and defensive back Jonathan Chen.

“It was good to have all those seniors have one last shot at playing,” Shapiro said.

King’s record did not reflect it, but Shapiro viewed the 2017 season with nothing but positive thoughts.

“It was one of our most successful seasons in building young men,” he said. “They never quit. They were always positive. They love each other. They enjoyed the journey and the experiences together.”

King’s recently was informed that the football team won the 1A state academic championship.

“There were so many positives that outweighed the scoreboard,” Shapiro said.

 

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