Knights beat Red Wolves for first win | Football

By David Pan | Sep 28, 2017

After winning its first game of the season, King’s had every right to be excited.

The Knights started out strong, scoring 21 points in the first quarter en route to a 31-10 victory over Cedarcrest in a Cascade Conference football game Friday, Sept. 22, at Woolsey Stadium.

But after the game some of the Knights talked with coach Jim Shapiro and they were not too excited about their first victory.

“They didn’t feel they played their best football,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro and his staff stress that the scoreboard isn’t the measure by which King’s evaluates its performance.

The players told Shapiro that “this doesn’t feel so good. We didn’t play well.”

The offense struggled in the second and third quarters with the Knights (1-1 in the league, 1-3 overall) coming away with only a field goal.

“We got a little flat in the second and third quarters,” Shapiro said. “We did get inside the red zone twice and didn’t convert.”

The Knights also were looking for some turnovers on defense that didn’t materialize.

The offense did get back on track in the fourth quarter and finished with a touchdown.

Senior quarterback Brennon Blevins threw touchdown passes of 12 and 25 yards to Levi Bundrant and Jacob Gaenz. Senior running back Logan Perrigo added a 7-yard TD run to give King’s a 21-0 first quarter lead.

“We did a lot of things right,” Shapiro said. “We came out really fast and scored early. … We took care of business in the end.”

Jace Fransen booted a 28-yard field goal in the third quarter and Elijah Jones ran for a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Blevins completed 13 of 26 passes with two touchdowns. Perrigo rushed for 94 yards on 18 carries with one touchdown. Fransen caught four passes for 85 yards. Gaenz had three catches for 52 yards and one TD.

Blevins stepped in again for sophomore Luke Marion, who was still banged up following the Archbishop Murphy game on Sept. 15. Shapiro said that Marion could have played but was not 100 percent, so he was held out.

“Logan handled the running game for us. He did a great job,” Shapiro said. “Brennon was able to distribute the ball to a wide variety of receivers.”

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