Knights overpower Turks | Football

By David Pan | Oct 25, 2018

King’s sent its seniors out in style.

Four senior wide receivers caught touchdown passes to help the Knights to a 52-13 rout over Sultan in a North Sound Conference football game Friday, Oct. 19, at Woolsey Stadium.

Junior quarterback Casey Needham completed 20 of 34 passes for 332 yards and threw touchdowns to Davis Campbell, Max Lane, Noah Welch and Jacob Gaentz. Senior running back Josiah Seirs rushed for 79 yards on 13 carries and scored one touchdown.

“It was about time,” King’s coach Jim Shapiro said of the Knights’ offensive explosion. “It was the perfect time. It was senior night. The last guaranteed home game. The kids really played for the first time, four quarters of complete football.”

The victory sets up a showdown on the road with South Whidbey, who is tied with King’s for second place in the league. The Knights face the Falcons at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, at South Whidbey High School.

The game will determine the league’s No. 2 seed. The winner hosts the Northwest Conference’s No. 2 seed, while the loser draws a road game against the Northwest Conference’s top seed.

“It’s a big deal,” Shapiro said.

In addition to the challenge of playing on the road, King’s will have to deal with natural grass instead of the usual artificial tuft. Rain or at the very least wet weather is in the forecast.

“They’re big up front. They love to run,” Shapiro said of the Falcons. “Our defense has to stop the run game.”

Shapiro is hoping the King’s offense keeps rolling as it did against the Tigers. The 52 points is by far the highest scoring output this season. King’s previous season high was 20 points against Coupeville.

“Casey is more confident. He’s throwing the ball with more velocity,” Shapiro said. “The more reps he gets the better he gets.”

Campbell caught six passes for 89 yards and has become Needham’s favorite target.

“He’s done a good job for us,” Shapiro said. “He has good hands. He’s caught a lot of footballs for us.”

The Knights (3-1 in the league, 3-5 overall) ran a balanced attack on Friday night with 332 yards passing and 126 rushing.

“That’s what we’re always looking for,” Shapiro said.

The first-string defense also shut down Granite Falls, who scored the second of its touchdowns in the fourth quarter against the Knights’ reserves.

“We contained the run and slowed down the pass,” Shapiro said. “From a varsity perspective, it went pretty well.”

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