Rejuvenated Knights pick up first win of season | Football

King’s defense withstands Coupeville, runaway deer
By David Pan | Oct 04, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Josiah Seirs

King’s played its best game of the season and in the process picked up its first victory of the 2018 campaign.

Senior running back Josiah Seirs ran for 124 yards on 21 carries and scored three touchdowns to help lead the Knights to a 20-14 victory over Coupeville in a North Sound Conference football game Friday, Sept. 28, at Coupeville High School.

King’s had lost its first four games of the season, all nonconference, by a combined score of 164-30.

“It feels rejuvenating,” Seirs said of Friday’s victory. “We got a win and everyone is energized this week and working hard.”

King’s coach Jim Shapiro was glad to see the offense generate points early and often.

“Josiah had a great game. He was a workhorse for sure,” Shapiro said.

The Knights (1-0 in the league, 1-4 overall) scored at the end of the third quarter to take a 20-0 lead into the final period when the game suddenly turn a turn for what might best be described as weird.

On the kickoff, the ball bounced off the helmet of the Coupeville kickoff returner.  Sean Toomey-Stout picked up the ball on the 6-yard line and started running up the field. At around the same time, a deer wandered into the Wolves’ end zone and then proceeded to run the length of the field. Toomey-Stout  followed in the deer’s footsteps 96 yards for a touchdown.

“Our coverage was not very good,” said Shapiro, who added that he felt the officials should have stopped the play. “The animal on the field created a lot of momentum and energy.”

Seirs was on the sidelines where he saw the deer make its run through the field. Teammates on the opposite side of the field from the deer told him it was a distraction. Some of them said they watched the deer during the entire play, Seirs said.

Coupeville (0-1, 3-2) cut the lead to 20-14 on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Dawson Houston to Gavin Knoblich.

The Wolves then had two opportunities to either tie the score or take the lead. Coupeville got the ball back with about six minutes to go and then with four minutes left in the game, but each time the King’s defense stiffened. The Knights took over with about a minute and a half left after the Wolves’ final drive stalled and eventually ran out the clock.

“At the end we had a number of tackles behind the line,” said Seirs, who also is a defensive lineman. “It was the D-line who really stepped up there at the end. They were making big plays, tackling on first contact. We weren’t letting them go through. After we hit them once, it was one and done.”

The King’s offense produced 226 yards and was balanced with 126 yards on the ground and 100 passing.

“All in all we put together four quarters of good ball,” Shapiro said. “We’re happy to come out with a league win.

“The numbers were good offensively. It was really good for us to come out fast and put some points on the board.”

Sophomore quarterback Casey Needham completed 11 of 16 passes for 100 yards.

“He played with confidence,” Seirs said. “He made one big throw to our junior receiver Davis Campbell that was his first deep pass of the season. He stepped up in the pocket and made great passes.”

Seirs scored on a 15-yard run to give King’s a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. The senior running back had a 2-yard TD run in the second quarter and then scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter.

Campbell caught six passes for 77 yards, but he was even more impressive on defense. Campbell picked off two Coupeville passes.

“He led the defensive effort for us,” Shapiro said.

The Knights host Granite Falls (0-1, 0-5) at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, at Woolsey Stadium. The Tigers lost 20-8 to Cedar Park Christian – Bothell.

“I just want to keep the momentum rolling,” Seirs said. “We finally got some momentum under our belt.”

LET’S GO TO THE VIDEO: At least two videos have gone viral from the King’s/Coupeville game that show the deer wandering onto the field during the kickoff return that Coupeville’s Sean Toomey-Stout returned for a touchdown. The videos were was picked up by KCPQ -13, KING-5, USA Today and other media outlets across the country. Typing “Coupeville deer” on YouTube will bring up links to the videos.

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