Knights fall to Tigers | Football

By David Pan | Sep 07, 2017
Courtesy of: Dianna Roach King’s Taylor Schoenfeld (right) tackles Burlington-Edison’s Queytin Frazier.

The positives outweighed the negatives for King’s in its season-opening loss to Burlington-Edison.

Coach Jim Shapiro knew his 1A Knights faced a significant challenge going up against the No. 6-ranked 2A team in the state.

But King’s stood toe to toe with the Tigers for the first 16 minutes and went into halftime tied at 7. Burlington Edison then scored 16 unanswered points in the second half to prevail 23-7 in a non-conference football game Friday, Sept. 1, at Woolsey Stadium.

“I was extremely proud and happy with my team’s physical and mental strength,” Shapiro said. “We had multiple red zone stands on defense. Our offense couldn’t get its cylinders going. That’s what hurt us on Friday. It wasn’t for lack of effort.”

The Tigers (1-0) took a 7-0 lead on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Isaac Lindsay to Caleb Sheldon in the first quarter. Burlington-Edison threatened to add to its lead in the second quarter when the King’s defense made two goal line stands. The Knights blocked a Tiger field goal attempt and then stopped Burlington-Edison on a fourth and goal from the 3-yard line.

King’s senior running back Camden Hauck then set what Shapiro believes is a school and stadium record, by taking a toss from quarterback Brennon Blevins and running 99 yards for a touchdown to tie the score at 7.

The King’s offense continued to move the ball, though penalties and lack of execution on third downs hurt the Knights.

“We definitely moved the ball at times,” Shapiro said. “We moved the ball between the 30s.”

Burlington-Edison recorded a safety and then Quyntin Frazier scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter to take a 16-7 lead. Lindsay then threw a 20-yard TD pass to Julian Houston in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers outgained the Knights 301 yards to 152 and had 15 first downs to King’s 5. Frazier rushed for 122 yards on 12 carries and Lindsay completed 13 of 23 passes for 140 yards.

Blevins completed 7 of 16 pass attempts for 25 yards and backup Luke Marion was 2 of 8 for 24 yards and an interception. Hauck finished with 108 yards on 7 carries.

The King’s offense struggled with a number of problems, including missed blocking assignments and incorrect routes run by receivers.

But Blevins performed well under the circumstances, Shapiro said. “He competed hard. He worked hard. The cards were stacked against him with the multiple offensive miscues, which isn’t like us.”

Four of the five offensive linemen were making their first starts on the line.

“We have the talent,” Shapiro said. “We just need to make sure they understand the alignment and their assignments.”

Shapiro hopes that whatever jitters they had will be gone for the Friday, Sept. 8 non-conference contest against Lakeside at Woolsey Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

The King’s defense had a strong performance, especially since Burlington-Edison sometimes started their drives with a short field.

Senior linebackers Jerad Stretton recorded 12 tackles and Logan Perrigo had nine tackles.

“That’s how our defense work, funneling the run to our linebackers,” Shapiro said.

Senior defensive back Jonathan Chen also had nine tackles and one interception.

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