Knights slow down Wildcats but still fall 38-0 | Football

By David Pan | Sep 22, 2016

King’s came away encouraged after Friday night’s football game against Archbishop Murphy.

The Wildcats prevailed 38-0 in the Cascade Conference opener for both teams at Woolsey Stadium, but there were plenty of other numbers that spoke to how well the Knights played.

Archbishop Murphy defeated 4A Issaquah 73-0 in its opener and led 35-0 after the first quarter and 73-0 at halftime. The Wildcats then dismantled 3A Bishop Blanchet 59-0 and had leads of 24-0 and 52-0 after the first and second quarters.

King’s trailed 3-0 at the end of the first quarter and went into halftime behind 10-0.

“It was a great half of football,” King’s coach Jim Shapiro said. “Our kids were motivated to play them tough. … It was a huge moral victory for our kids.”

The Knights were able to move the ball against Archbishop Murphy between the 20s but then stalled in the red zone.

“It was the first time they found themselves in a football game,” Shapiro said of the Wildcats (1-0 in the league, 3-0 overall).

Archbishop Murphy pulled away from King’s (0-1, 1-2) in the second half, scoring four touchdowns. The Wildcats’ size turned out to be a significant advantage.

“They wore us down physically,” Shapiro said. “We knew they were bigger and stronger.”

The Wildcats’ athleticism led to 95- and 74-yard touchdown pass plays. But Archbishop Murphy’s first drive of the third quarter took nearly 7 minutes and required the Wildcats to go 80 yards.

“We made them work for every down,” Shapiro said.

This year’s Archbishop Murphy team is the best that Shapiro has ever seen since the two schools have been rivals.

“This is the most talented,” Shapiro said. “They are an all-star team.”

Shapiro was proud of the Knights’ performance.

“They stayed in the ring,” he said. “They even won a few rounds.”

King’s will look to win its first league game on the road at Cedarcrest in a 7 p.m. game on Friday, Sept. 23.

“They’re one of those programs really on the upswing,” Shapiro said. “I see a lot of speed from them. I think their speed is going to match our speed. It’ll be a very competitive football game.”

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