Knights fall to Eagles in battle for first place | Football

By David Pan | Oct 18, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan King’s Josiah Seirs runs with the ball against Cedar Park Christian-Bothell.

King’s put together one of its strongest performances of the season.

But the Knights didn’t come away with the victory, as Cedar Park Christian – Bothell scored on its first four offensive possession and held on for a 28-14 victory in a North Sound Conference football game Friday, Oct. 12, at Redmond High School.

The Eagles (3-0 in the league, 5-1 overall) took over sole possession of first place in the league, while King’s (2-1, 2-5) dropped into a second place tie with South Whidbey (2-1, 5-2). The Knights and the Falcons are scheduled to face off in the final regular season game of the season at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, at South Whidbey High School.

King’s coach Jim Shapiro praised the effort of his players, noting “they played four quarters, which we haven’t done consistently this season. They played from start to finish. They battled toward the end. I’m just proud of how tough they were tonight.”

Cedar Park Christian came out in a different offensive set and the Knights struggled to stop the Eagles. King’s offense was able to respond in the first half.

Quarterback Deegan Csigi scored on a 14-yard run to give the Eagles an early 7-0 lead. King’s running back Josiah Seirs tied the score on a 5-yard TD run in the first quarter.

The teams again traded touchdowns in the second quarter with Csigi running 12 yards for a score and Seirs scoring on a 4-yard run.

The Eagles then closed out the first half with a 2-yard TD run by Zach Wilkins to take a 21-14 lead at half. Cedar Park Christian then took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched down the field with Wilkins scoring on a 1-yard run on the final play of a drive that lasted about nine minutes.

That would be the last touchdown the Eagles scored in the game.

“We settled down in that second half, especially in the fourth quarter,” Shapiro said. “We figured some things out. It was mostly alignment and assignment. We weren’t quite sure what to do defensively.”

King’s appeared ready to respond on its first offensive possession of the second half, but the Eagles intercepted a pass around their own 10-yard line.

“When you’re trying to come back into a game you can’t really afford turnovers,” Shapiro said. “That’s a scoring drive that could have made a difference for us.”

The Knights later turned the ball over on downs also deep in Cedar Park Christian territory.

“We’re inside the red zone a couple of times,” Shapiro said. “We definitely had our opportunities.”

Junior quarterback Casey Needham completed 14 of 29 passes for 245 yards. His favorite target was junior wide receiver Davis Campbell, who had six catches for 110 yards. Seirs caught three passes for 51 yards and also had nine carries for 37 yards and two touchdowns.

“When he gets going he’s a very strong runner,” Shapiro said of Seirs. “We definitely needed that tonight.”

Shapiro was pleased with the passing game.

“I think we threw the ball exceptionally well tonight,” he said. “We just didn’t get the points.”

The Knights will look to regroup against Sultan (1-2, 2-5) on senior night at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, at Woolsey Stadium.

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