King’s offense moves ball in nonleague loss | Football

By David Pan | Sep 27, 2018

King’s ended its preseason schedule with its fourth straight loss.

Cascade (Leavenworth) defeated the Knights 40-10 in a nonconference football game Friday, Sept. 21, at the Peshastin-Dryden Sports Complex

But the final score isn’t necessarily the whole story.

King’s coach Jim Shapiro has reasons for optimism as his team opens league play this week against Coupeville.

“We moved the ball really well,” Shapiro said.

The Knights ended up running 72 plays versus Cascade’s 35 and King’s finished with 20 first downs to their opponent’s 6.

“We’re definitely headed in the right direction,” Shapiro said.

But the Knights struggled with turnovers, throwing three interceptions and fumbling the ball away once. One of the interceptions was returned for a score.

King’s moved the ball inside Cascade’s 5 twice and came away with no points both times. The Knights also missed a field goal.

Running back Josiah Seirs, who has been a workhorse all season, rushed for 49 yards on 11 carries. Quarterback Casey Needham completed 10 of 25 passes for 99 yards and one touchdown to Davis Campbell, who had three receptions for 32 yards. Wide receiver Luke Bobin grabbed four receptions for 22 yards. King’s Jack McCallister kicked a 27-yard field goal.

Cascade outgained King’s 243 to 174 in total yards. The Kodiaks were balanced with 149 passing and 94 rushing yards. King’s struggled on the ground with only 24 yards and 150 through the air.

“I think we did well at times. We didn’t contain the big plays,” Shapiro said of the Knights’ defensive performance. “There were times when we had turnovers on downs. We sacked their quarterback.”

The King’s passing game still needs work as the Knights are completing under 50 percent of their passes.

“We still need to be more efficient, especially with our short passing game,” Shapiro said. “Casey is improving every week. Our receivers are running better routes. Our pass protection is improving.”

The Knights (0-4) face Coupeville (3-1) at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, at Coupeville High School. The Wolves beat LaConner 33-12 last week and have wins over Port Townsend (28-18) and Vashon Island (13-0). The lone loss was to Friday Harbor (17-0).

“I can tell on film that they are well organized,” Shapiro. “They like to run the ball and do play action.”

The Knights head into Friday’s game missing a handful of starters. King’s has had to rely on its reserves.

“It’s a good chance for the younger guys to get opportunities to play,” Shapiro said. “They’ve been doing well.”

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