Edmonds Beacon Article
By David Pan | Oct 12, 2017
King’s made the most of its opportunities against Cedar Park Christian – Bothell.

Four fumbles by the Eagles gave the Knights’ offense a short field and enabled King’s to claim a 45-27 victory in a Cascade Conference football game Friday, Oct. 6, at Woolsey Stadium.

Knights coach Jim Shapiro described his team’s play as fine, but also added that King’s didn’t execute as well as he would have liked.

“We really were lacking focus and hustle,” he said. “We were not as sharp as we need to be.”

Cedar Park Christian – Bothell outhit the Knights in Friday’s game in Shapiro’s opinion. What he and his coaching staff want to see from the players is a little more hustle getting to the line of scrimmage and better fundamental tackling and blocking.

“These are things we know we can do better,” Shapiro said. “It’s part of the mental side of the game.”

Part of the problem can be traced to the numerous injuries the team has suffered this season. Three players returned last week and were on the field for the first time in six or seven weeks, Shapiro noted.

Not having those players available definitely impacted practices, Shapiro added.

Senior quarterback Brennon Blevins rushed for 111 yards on 11 carries and scored four touchdowns. He also completed 11 of 14 passes for 153 yards and three TDs.

In his return to the lineup, running back Camden Hauck rushed for 63 yards on 10 carries. Wide receiver Levi Bundrant caught four passes for 77 yards.

King’s (2-1 in the league, 3-3 overall) heads out on the road to Granite Falls for a 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13 contest. The Tigers (2-1, 3-3) lost 52-14 to Archbishop Murphy.

Shapiro said that the Knights are treating Friday’s clash as a playoff type game.

“We’re on the road. This is our first game at Granite Falls’ new facility,” Shapiro said. “Granite Falls has put together a good offense and defense. They had a good quarterback. They have good size up front. … It should be a very competitive and balanced game for both teams.”

All three of the 1A teams – King’s, Cedar Park Christian and Granite Falls – in the Cascade Conference advance to the district playoffs. South Whidbey, the other 1A team, is playing an independent schedule this season and is not eligible for the postseason. Friday’s game is important for seeding purposes.

King’s took a 12-0 lead in the first quarter on a 20-yard pass from Blevins to Jace Fransen and a 5-yard TD run by Blevins.

The Eagles cut the lead to 13-7 with a TD in the second quarter before Blevins scored on a 1-yard run to give the Knights an 18-7 halftime lead.

Blevins threw touchdown passes of 9 and 13 yards to Hauck and Bundrant and also ran 26 yards for a score in the third quarter. The senior quarterback closed out the scoring with a 19-yard TD in the fourth quarter.

Edmonds Beacon article
By David Pan | Oct 05, 2017
King’s Brennon Blevins did it all against Sehome.

The senior quarterback completed 19 of 38 passes for 394 yards and three touchdowns and also ran 20 times for 160 yards and four TDs to lead the Knights to a 47-28 victory over Sehome in a non-conference football game Friday, Sept. 29, at Woolsey Stadium.

“He really showcased the kind of athlete he is,” King’s coach Jim Shapiro said. “He made smart choices at quarterback. He didn’t force the ball. He hit the underneath ball routes. … He’s the fastest kid on the team. When needed, his speed was put to work.”

The Knights led 21-14 at halftime and outscored the Mariners 26-14 in what Shapiro described as a much improved second half performance.

“The second half was much better than the first,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro appreciated the better mindset from his players and also liked the play of both the offensive and defensive lines.

“We just weren’t as sharp offensive and defensively in the first half,” Shapiro said. “The line didn’t dominate as much as they should have.”

Senior wide receiver Levi Bundrant caught seven passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns. Shapiro noted that because of injuries, the Knights have called on some new faces to play wide receiver.

Bundrant, a basketball standout, has not played football since his freshman season, but decided he wanted to come out his senior year and contribute.

Senior Connor McElmurry, who used to run cross country, started his first-ever game against Sehome and caught a couple of passes.

“We’re having some younger and less experienced guys play,” Shapiro said. “They’re doing a good job.”

Senior Jace Fransen had seven receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown.

Blevins threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Bundrant to give the Knights (2-3) a 7-0 first quarter lead. Sehome (0-5) tied the score with a TD before Blevins scored on runs of 32 and 3 yards. The Mariners responded with a TD to cut the King’s lead to 21-14 at halftime.

Blevins extended King’s lead to 35-14 with TD runs of 43 and 13 in the third quarter. Blevins then connected on TD passes of 42 and 19 yards to Bundrant and Fransen in the fourth quarter.

Starting quarterback Luke Marion was held out of Friday’s game due to an injury suffered Sept. 15 against Archbishop Murphy. He and Blevins will share the reps at practice.

Shapiro said that his main objective is putting all the right pieces of the team in the right places. He noted that Blevins, whether he is at quarterback or running back, is going to get his touches in games.

King’s hosts Cedar Park Christian –Bothell (0-2, 2-3) at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6, at Woolsey Stadium.

“I think they’re less experienced than we are,” Shapiro said. “They are well coached. … It’s going to be a pretty good battle.”

Everett Herald
By David Pan | Sep 28, 2017
After winning its first game of the season, King’s had every right to be excited.

The Knights started out strong, scoring 21 points in the first quarter en route to a 31-10 victory over Cedarcrest in a Cascade Conference football game Friday, Sept. 22, at Woolsey Stadium.

But after the game some of the Knights talked with coach Jim Shapiro and they were not too excited about their first victory.

“They didn’t feel they played their best football,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro and his staff stress that the scoreboard isn’t the measure by which King’s evaluates its performance.

The players told Shapiro that “this doesn’t feel so good. We didn’t play well.”

The offense struggled in the second and third quarters with the Knights (1-1 in the league, 1-3 overall) coming away with only a field goal.

“We got a little flat in the second and third quarters,” Shapiro said. “We did get inside the red zone twice and didn’t convert.”

The Knights also were looking for some turnovers on defense that didn’t materialize.

The offense did get back on track in the fourth quarter and finished with a touchdown.

Senior quarterback Brennon Blevins threw touchdown passes of 12 and 25 yards to Levi Bundrant and Jacob Gaenz. Senior running back Logan Perrigo added a 7-yard TD run to give King’s a 21-0 first quarter lead.

“We did a lot of things right,” Shapiro said. “We came out really fast and scored early. … We took care of business in the end.”

Jace Fransen booted a 28-yard field goal in the third quarter and Elijah Jones ran for a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Blevins completed 13 of 26 passes with two touchdowns. Perrigo rushed for 94 yards on 18 carries with one touchdown. Fransen caught four passes for 85 yards. Gaenz had three catches for 52 yards and one TD.

Blevins stepped in again for sophomore Luke Marion, who was still banged up following the Archbishop Murphy game on Sept. 15. Shapiro said that Marion could have played but was not 100 percent, so he was held out.

“Logan handled the running game for us. He did a great job,” Shapiro said. “Brennon was able to distribute the ball to a wide variety of receivers.”

Knights upbeat after giving Wildcats all they can handle in 35-7 league opening loss
By David Pan | Sep 21, 2017 
King’s came out on the losing end in its league opener against defending 2A state champion Archbishop Murphy.

But you wouldn’t necessarily know that looking at the Knights after the game and listening to coach Jim Shapiro.

Players and coaches left Terry Ennis Stadium upbeat despite a 35-7 loss in a Cascade Conference football game Friday, Sept. 15, at Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett.

King’s previously has lost to 2A Burlington-Edison and 3A Lakeside before Friday night’s clash with the Wildcats.

“The last three games we competed against very good football teams,” Shapiro said. “Tonight is a state-caliber football team. We competed with them toe-to-toe. That gives us hope.”

Archbishop Murphy took a 7-0 led on a 20-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Victor Gabalis to wide receiver Dillon Singh Halpin. Late in the second quarter, the Knights (0-1 in the league, 0-3 overall) blocked a field goal attempt and took over the ball deep in their own territory.

The Wildcats’ defense then forced a fumble and John Land-Quinn returned the ball nine yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 halftime lead.

“I talk about momentum all the time,” Shapiro said. “We had it. We just can’t give up that type of turnover versus a team like that. Those are the little things we’ve got to take care of.”

The Knights’ didn’t dwell on the turnover and subsequent Wildcats’ touchdown. Instead sophomore quarterback Luke Marion threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Max Lane to cut the deficit to 14-7 in the third quarter.

“They just mentally don’t let those things impact them,” Shapiro said of the turnover. “They’re the most mentally tough team I’ve coached in 24 years.”

Archbishop Murphy responded with a 12-yard TD run by running back Ray Pimental and headed into the final period with a 21-7 lead.

“I thought we gave them the best fight that they’re going to get,” senior lineman Taylor Schoenfeld said. “In the trenches, we played well. … We take this as a building block. This is the best team in the Cascade Conference and we fought them toe-to-toe. So that means we can fight any other team and we believe that. We’re going to give it just as much as we gave against Archbishop tonight.”

The Wildcats scored a couple of late touchdowns in the fourth quarter. With the Knights focused on trying to stop the Wildcats from getting a first down, senior running back Ben Hines broke through the line and ran 40 yards for a touchdown. Archbishop Murphy’s Colin Guy then recovered a fumble on the subsequent kickoff and returned it 15 yards for the final touchdown.

The King’s passing attack moved the ball against Archbishop Murphy.

Marion, who was knocked out of the game during a scramble, completed 16 of 22 passes for 152 yards and one touchdown with one interception. His favorite target was wide receiver Jace Fransen, who caught nine passes for 78 yards.

“We proved that we can throw on this team,” Shapiro said. “We also proved to ourselves that we’re a throwing football team.”

Schoenfeld said that the key was pass protection.

“We give them (quarterbacks) time, we’re going to complete our passes,” Schoenfeld said. “Our skill guys are really talented and we’ve got guys that can put the ball in the right spots, as long as we give them time.”

Senior Brennon Blevins came in for Marion, but he also eventually had to leave due to a leg bruise. Third-stringer Casey Needham finished the game for the Knights.

Shapiro didn’t know the extent of either injury but was hopeful Marion and Blevins will be healthy for the team’s next game against Cedarcrest (7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22 at Woolsey Stadium).

Archbishop Murphy’s offense suffered a blow when senior running back Kyler Gordon left the game with a leg injury during the first offensive series. The Wildcats turned to Pimental, who rushed for 195 yards on 27 carries, and Hines, who had 122 yards on 11 carries. Gabalis completed five of 10 passes for 81 yards.

“Teams that play Archbishop try to do special stuff. We didn’t do anything special,” Shapiro said. “We lined up on our assignments. We played football. They definitely ran hard at us. But our kids played tough.”

Schoenfeld saw a solid effort from the defense that limited a team that scored 37 points against Garfield and 54 points against Bishop Blanchet to only three touchdowns.

“We knew this was going to be a battle,” Schoenfeld said. “The effort was the No. 1 key that we used to shut down their offense.”

King’s loses to Lakeside in wild shootout
By David Robert Pan | Sep 14, 2017
King's Brennon Blevins runs for a touchdown against Lakeside Friday, Sept. 8, at Woolsey Stadium in Shoreline.
Football fans might have done a double take Friday night at Woolsey Stadium.
What was supposed to be a football game between King’s and Lakeside turned into a race to the end zone.
The Lions won that race, hanging on to defeat the Knights 44-39 in the Sept. 8 non-conference game.
The two teams combined for nearly 1,000 yards of offense (King’s – 528 and Lakeside – 437).
“That was more like a track meet than a football game,” King’s coach Jim Shapiro said.
Shapiro voiced no complaints about his offense, which was led for three quarters by sophomore quarterback Luke Marion.
“I’m very happy with our offensive production,” Shapiro said. “We had a good mix offensively of the run and pass. It’s a matter of getting the right people in the right places.”
Shapiro and his staff made the decision to shift quarterback Brennon Blevins, who started in the season opener, to wide receiver and install Marion at quarterback.
Injuries to some of the Knights’ skill people helped Shapiro made the decision.
“It was a good change. Brennon is a heck of an athlete,” Shapiro said. “It’s good to have him at wide receiver. Luke does a good job of delivering the ball.”
Blevins caught three passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns. The senior standout also rushed for 65 yards on five carries and scored two TDs. Marion completed 11 of 25 passes for 318 yards and two touchdowns. He was picked off once.
King’s Camden Hauck rushed for 103 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns and Jace Fransen caught six passes for 102 yards.
A hard hit sent Marion to the sidelines and Blevins took over at quarterback in the fourth quarter.
Shapiro is hoping that Marion will be back for this week’s Cascade Conference opener at Archbishop Murphy (7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15).
The King’s defense ended up spending a lot of time on the field.
“What happened is that we were in the right spots,” Shapiro said. “We weren’t finishing our tackles. They broke some big plays on us.”
Lakeside (1-1) was led by 6-foot-7 senior quarterback A.J. Allen, who also happened to have a pair of 6-6 and 6-5 receivers among his targets. The Knights (0-2) countered with some talented freshmen and sophomores in the secondary, who nevertheless were at a distinct height advantage.
The Lions still ran a balanced offensive attack, finishing with 237 yards on the ground and 200 through the air.
This week’s opponent, the Wildcats (2-0), comes in as the No. 1 2A ranked team in the state. Shapiro said he is glad to have three strong opponents (Burlington Edison, Lakeside and Archbishop Murphy) to start the season.
“We wanted strong competition so that we can be ready for the heart of our league schedule,” Shapiro said.

Cascade Conference preview: Coaches poll, storylines to watch

CAMERON VAN TILSun Aug 27th, 2017 7:29amSPORTS

Coaches poll

The predicted order of finish as voted on by the league’s coaches. Included are total points, with first-place votes in parentheses.

1. Archbishop Murphy (4) — 20

2. King’s (1) — 17

3. CPC-Bothell — 14

4. Cedarcrest — 10

5. Granite Falls — 9

6. Sultan — 5

NOTES: Coaches weren’t allowed to vote for their own teams. One coach chose not to participate in the voting.

FAVORITE

Archbishop Murphy. This is a no-brainer. The Wildcats cruised to the Class 2A state title last year, outscoring opponents by a combined 463-44 margin while winning all nine games in their forfeit-shortened season by at least 34 points apiece. Archbishop Murphy lost numerous key players from last year’s dominant squad, but plenty of talent is returning — including big-time college prospect Kyler Gordon, standout linebackers Ben Hines and Emmanuel Osuoha, and 6-foot-2, 300-pound center Martin Napeahi Jr. The Wildcats enter the season as favorites to win a second consecutive state crown.

CONTENDER

King’s. If any team can contend with Archbishop Murphy for the league title, it would be the Knights. King’s, the only Cascade Conference team to play Murphy last season, beat the league’s other five teams by an average of 34.8 points per game. The Knights lost nine all-conference players from last year, including speedy running back Caleb Perry, a state-champion sprinter in track who is now a member of the Washington State football team. But King’s is a constant force under veteran coach Jim Shapiro, and his team returns standout two-way lineman Taylor Schoenfeld, who is garnering Division-I college interest.

STORYLINES TO WATCH

Can Wildcats defend their state crown?

All eyes will be on Archbishop Murphy this fall after last year’s dominant run to the state title and a slew of opponent forfeits that made national headlines. Non-conference matchups against Garfield and Bellevue should provide an early gauge of this season’s Wildcats before they enter the heart of their league schedule, where they figure to be heavy favorites against every team.

New faces at the helm

Three of the league’s seven teams will have new head coaches roaming the sidelines this fall. The most notable is Butch Goncharoff, who takes over at Cedar Park Christian-Bothell after guiding Class 3A powerhouse Bellevue to 11 state titles in 16 years as the Wolverines’ head coach. Goncharoff was removed from his job last year following an investigation that found the Bellevue program had committed wide-ranging violations of state rules. Another newcomer is Jim Wright, who takes over at Sultan after previous head-coaching positions at Seattle Lutheran and Franklin. Longtime coach Mark Hodson returns to South Whidbey after a three-year hiatus, looking to turn around a program that will play an independent schedule this fall while working to build up participation numbers.

Can Tigers take another step forward?

Prior to last year, Granite Falls had mustered just two league wins combined in the previous two seasons and four league wins combined in the previous five seasons. The Tigers showed marked improvement last fall, winning three conference games and reaching the postseason in coach Tim Dennis’ first season at the helm. Granite Falls will look to build on that success this year with the return of starting quarterback Camden Landrum and running back Brayden Counsellor.

ARCHBISHOP MURPHY WILDCATS

Last season: 14-0, 6-0 in conference play (Class 2A state champions)

Coach: Jerry Jensen (fifth season)

Key players: Kyler Gordon, sr., WR/DB; Dillon Singh Halpin, jr., WR/DB; Ben Hines, sr., RB/LB; Matt Keck, sr., OL/DL; John Land-Quinn, jr., OL/DL; Kobe Moorhead, sr., OL/DL; Martin Napeahi Jr., sr., OL/DL; Emmanuel Osuoha, sr., RB/LB; Ray Pimentel, sr., RB/DB; Luke Riojas, jr., LB; Ryan Schroeder, sr., TE/LB; Jeric Williams, sr., WR/DB

Outlook: Archbishop Murphy lost numerous starters on both sides of the ball from last year’s dominant state-championship squad, which won all nine games by at least 34 points during a season that was shortened by forfeits because of player-safety concerns from opposing teams. But with plenty of returning talent — including big-time college prospect Kyler Gordon, standout linebackers Ben Hines and Emmanuel Osuoha, and 6-foot-2, 300-pound center Martin Napeahi Jr. — the Wildcats are favorites to win another state crown.

2017 Schedule

CEDAR PARK CHRISTIAN EAGLES

Last season: 4-6, 2-4 in conference play

Coach: Butch Goncharoff (first season)

Key players: Killian Boyle, sr., OL/DL; Bradley Cumley, sr., OL/DL/K; Jason He, sr., RB/LB; Payton Nelson, sr., TE/LB; Tyler Shimmin, sr., OL/LB;

Outlook: CPC-Bothell begins a new era under coach Butch Goncharoff, who guided Class 3A powerhouse Bellevue to 11 state titles in 16 years as the Wolverines’ coach. Goncharoff was removed from his job last year following an investigation that found the Bellevue program had committed wide-ranging violations of state rules. Goncharoff brings a wealth of experience to the Eagles, who are looking to be more competitive this fall after losing three of their five league games last year by 27 points or more.

2017 Schedule

CEDARCREST RED WOLVES

Last season: 4-6, 2-4 in conference play

Coach: Billy Ojeda (third season)

Key players: Sam Bennett, jr., OL/DL; Aaron Davenport, sr., QB; Jake Fowler, sr., WR/DB; Tyler Gray, jr., WR/DB; Caleb Lay, jr., OL/DL; Frederick Reid, jr., RB/LB; Jaren Stevenson, sr., RB/LB

Outlook: Cedarcrest lost several all-conference players from last year but returns versatile senior Jaren Stevenson, who earned all-league honors on both the offensive and defensive line last season after filling in due to a rash of injuries. Stevenson has moved back to his natural positions this fall at running back and linebacker.

2017 Schedule

GRANITE FALLS TIGERS

Last season: 4-6, 3-3 in conference play (lost in district crossover round)

Coach: Tim Dennis (second season)

Key players: Andrew Buchholz, sr., RB/LB; Hunter Chapman, sr., OL/DL; Brayden Counsellor, jr., RB/DB; Ryan Dennis, sr., WR/LB; Seth Harris, jr., RB/LB; Camden Landrum, sr., QB/DB; Liam Schenfeld, jr., OL/DL;

Outlook: After just two league wins combined in the previous three seasons, Granite Falls won three conference games last year and reached the postseason. The Tigers aim to continue their improvement this fall under second-year coach Tim Dennis.

2017 Schedule

KING’S KNIGHTS

Last season: 6-3, 5-1 in conference play (lost in district crossover round)

Coach: Jim Shapiro (21st season)

Key players: Brennon Blevins, sr., QB/WR/DB; Logan Perrigo, sr., RB/LB; Taylor Schoenfeld, sr., OL/DL; Atley Shapiro, sr., WR/DB

Outlook: The Knights are aiming for a return to the state playoffs after seeing their streak of seven consecutive state appearances snapped last fall. King’s lost nine-all-conference players from last year, including speedy running back Caleb Perry, who is now a member of the Washington State football team. But the Knights are a constant force under veteran coach Jim Shapiro, and they return a standout two-way lineman in Taylor Schoenfeld who is garnering NCAA Division-I college interest.

2017 Schedule

SOUTH WHIDBEY FALCONS

Last season: 1-8, 0-6 in conference play

Coach: Mark Hodson (returns for his 14th season after coaching the team from 2001-2013)

Key players: Alex Turner, jr., OL; Lucas Watson, sr., OL

Outlook: The Falcons will play an independent schedule this fall as they work to build up their participation numbers. Longtime coach Mark Hodson returns to South Whidbey after a three-year hiatus, looking to turn around a program that lost all five league games last year by 28 points or more.

2017 Schedule

SULTAN TURKS

Last season: 6-4, 3-3 in conference play (lost in district crossover round)

Coach: Jim Wright (first season)

Key players: Brayden Haefele, soph., QB/DB; Phoenix McGuire, sr., TE/LB; Alex Perrigo, sr., ATH; Tre Sargent, sr., RB/LB; Errett Turner, sr., WR/DB

Outlook: Sultan lost head coach Jim Kruckenberg and seven all-conference players from last year’s team, which compiled the program’s first winning season since 2006. Jim Wright takes over a young Turks squad after holding previous head-coaching positions at Seattle Lutheran and Franklin.

2017 Schedule

WSU gets a commitment from another in-state recruit, RB Caleb Perry from King’s

Originally published January 5, 2017 at 12:16 pm Updated January 5, 2017 at 6:07 pm

The Cougars got their sixth in-state commit when RB Caleb Perry issued a verbal commitment to WSU on Thursday

Stefanie LohBy Stefanie Loh 

Seattle Times staff reporter

Washington State opened 2017 with the commitment of King’s School running back Caleb Perry. King’s is a small, independent Christian school based in Shoreline that competes in the state’s 1A division.

It can be tough for athletes from smaller schools to attract the attention of college recruiters, but this isn’t the first time WSU has mined a less-trafficked private school for talent. WSU linebacker Dylan Hanser played his prep football at Central Catholic, a small school in Billings, Mont.

Perry, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound running back, announced his commitment via his Twitter account Thursday morning, thanking his family for dedicating “countless time and money into a dream I’ve had since I was 6 years old.”

Perry amassed 1,160 rushing yards during his senior season and won a state track and field 1A 100m title last spring. According to Scout.com, he had offers from WSU, Missouri, Cincinnati, Portland State and Montana State.

Perry joins offensive linemen Dontae Powell, Quazzel White, Abraham Lucas and defensive ends Kelle Sanders and Joe Tryon as the sixth recruit from the state of Washington to commit to WSU as part of the 2017 class. The Cougars now have 17 committed recruits for this recruiting cycle.

Edmonds Beacon

By David Pan | Nov 10, 2016

King’s season came to an unexpected and surprising ending.

Meridian scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to edge the Knights 17-14 in a 1A district playoff football game Saturday night at Woolsey Stadium.

“It was a surprise,” King’s coach Jim Shapiro said of the Knights’ early exit from the postseason. “It was a rough night for us.”

The loss of senior running backs Caleb Perry and Andrew Cline loomed large for the Knights. Perry, who finished the regular season with 1,160 yards, was injured early in the first quarter. Perry suffered a high ankle sprain, according to Shapiro, and attempted to play the rest of the game with limited success.

“That (Perry’s absence) hurt us on offense and defense,” Shapiro said. “We’re a run first offense … We threw the ball a lot more than we wanted to.”

Cline was forced to the sidelines in the second quarter and his and Perry’s absence put a lot of pressure on the King’s offense.

Despite the injuries, King’s (6-3 overall) took a 14-7 lead into halftime. Quarterback Jack Van Dyke threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brennon Blevins and Perry scored on a 12-yard run, both in the second quarter.

Meridian’s Dawson Logan connected on a 46-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Logan.

Neither team scored in the third quarter, though both moved the ball before stalling in the red zone.

The Trojans finally drew even on 3-yard touchdown run by Tony Schleimer and won the game on a 29-yard field goal by Nick Sebastian with 3.9 seconds left in the game.

The Trojans played a very physical game.

“Injuries happen,” Shapiro said. “They were a very tough football team.”

Van Dyke completed 10 of 28 passes for 112 yards and Perry ran for 62 yards on 9 carries.

“I thought our defense played well,” Shapiro said. “I would have liked us to cause a few more turnovers.

“It ended early, but all in all, it was a very successful season.”

Coach of the Year Jimmy Kruckenberg (Sultan)

OFFENSE MVP

Anfernee Gurley 12th Archbishop Murphy

Caleb Perry 12th Kings

1st Team QB

Connor Johnson 12th Archbishop Murphy

Camden Landrum 11th Granite Falls

2nd Team QB

Jack Van Dyke 12th Kings

1st Team RB's

Andrew Cline 12th Kings

Benjamin Hines 11th Archbishop Murphy

Collin Montez 12th Archbishop Murphy

Josiah Sergeant 12th Cedar Park Christian

Tanner Belcher 12th Sultan

2nd Team RB's

Andy Sam 12th Sultan

Brayden Counsellor 10th Granite Falls

Emmanuel Osuoha 11th Archbishop Murphy

Logan Perrigo 11th Kings

Zach Zornes 12th Sultan

1st Team WR's

Kyler Gordon 11th Archbishop Murphy

Luke Wicks 12th Kings

Paul Schireman 12th Archbishop Murphy

Rudy Engstrom 12th Granite Falls

Zach Fisk 12th Cedar Park Christian

2nd Team WR's

Brennon Blevins 11th Kings

Carson Pettete 12th Cedar Park Christian

Connor Antich 12th South Whidbey

Davis Burpee 12th Cedarcrest

Legend Suddarth 12th Granite Falls

1st Team O-Line

Abraham Lucas 12th Archbishop Murphy

Alex Turner 10th South Whidbey

Hunter Chapman 11th Granite Falls

Jackson Yost 12th Archbishop Murphy

Jaren Stevenson 11th Cedarcrest

Jesus Echevarria Jr 12th Archbishop Murphy

Jordan Burtt 12th Kings

Martin Napeahi 12th Archbishop Murphy

Taylor Schoenfield 11th Kings

2nd Team O-Line

Andrei Leonardi 12th Cedar Park Christian

Chris Metzger 12th Kings

Dakota Scherrer 12th Granite Falls

Jessie Hibbard 12th Kings

Lucas Watson 11th South Whidbey

Matt Keck 11th Archbishop Murphy

Morgan Yates 12th Sultan

1st Team Tight End

Jake Kirschenmann 12th Cedarcrest

Will Doud 12th Archbishop Murphy

2nd Team Tight End

Blake Dornay 12th Kings

1st Team Kicker

Jack Van Dyke 12th Kings

2nd Team Kicker

Omar Valera 12th Sultan

1st Team Punter

Collin Montez 12th Archbishop Murphy

Zach Zornes 12th Sultan

2nd Team Punter

Aaron Davenport 11th Cedarcrest

Defensive MVP

Ben Hines 11th Archbishop Murphy

1st Team Secondary

Andy Sam 12th Sultan

Anfernee Gurley 12th Archbishop Murphy

Atley Shapiro 11th Kings

Camdem Landrem 11th Granite Falls

Collin Montez 12th Archbishop Murphy

Connor Antich 12th South Whidbey

Kyler Gordon 10th Archbishop Murphy

2nd Team Secondary

Brayden Counsellor 10th Granite Falls

Desi Carey 12th Archbishop Murphy

Dillon Halpin 10th Archbishop Murphy

Jack Van Dyke 12th Kings

Ryan Golden 12th Cedarcrest

Zach Fisk 12th Cedar Park Christian

Zach Zornes 12th Sultan

1st Team LB's

Caleb Perry 12th Kings

Emmanuel Osuoha 11th Archbishop Murphy

Jake Kirschenmann 12th Cedarcrest

Luke Riojas 10th Archbishop Murphy

Sam Blacken 12th Granite Falls

Tanner Belcher 12th Sultan

2nd Team LB's

Andrei Leonardi 12th Cedar Park Christian

Dave Boak 12th Cedarcrest

Jerad Stretton 11th Kings

Kory Glover 12th Granite Falls

Legend Suddarth 12th Granite Falls

Noah Fleming 12th Sultan

1st Team D-Line

Abraham Lucas 12th Archbishop Murphy

Dirk Wilson 12th Archbishop Murphy

Jackson Yost 12th Archbishop Murphy

James Dodd 12th Sultan

Jesus Echevarria Jr 12th Archbishop Murphy

Morgan Yates 12th Sultan

Taylor Schoenfield 11th Kings

Will Daniels 12th Kings

2nd Team D-Line

Dakota Scherrer 12th Granite Falls

Hunter Chapman 11th Granite Falls

Jaren Stevenson 11th Cedarcrest

Jessie Hibbard 12th Kings

Will Doud 12th Archbishop Murphy

Special Teams Player of the Year

Ryan Henderson 12th Archbishop Murphy

Dynamic RB duo Perry, Cline lead King’s to 48-7 win over Sultan

ANDREW LANG Fri Oct 21st, 2016 11:00pmSPORTS

Everett Herald Article

SULTAN — King’s will have to wait two weeks before opening the Class 1A District Playoffs, but coach Jim Shapiro and his Knights couldn’t have asked for better preparation Friday evening against Cascade Conference up-and-comer Sultan.

And in what Shapiro billed as a playoff atmosphere — a road game against a one-loss team — the Knights proved they could be primed for a playoff run.

Senior running back duo Caleb Perry and Andrew Cline powered the Knights’ rushing attack, and King’s defense limited Sultan to a season-low seven points to help the Knights earn a 48-7 league win at Sultan.

“Every game from here on out is a playoff game,” Shapiro said, “so it was exactly what we needed.”

Perry ran for 201 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries, and Cline added 71 yards and a score on 10 rushes. Quarterback Jack Van Dyke completed 7 of 16 passes for 103 yards, and threw touchdown passes to Brennon Blevins and Breven Campbell.

Sultan was led by running back Andy Sam, who rushed for 85 yards on 13 carries and scored the Turks only touchdown, which came early in the fourth quarter.

The win earned King’s (5-1 league, 6-2 overall) the Cascade Conference’s top 1A seed in the district playoffs, setting the Knights up with a winner-to-state game against the Northwest Conference’s Class 1A No. 2 seed, which will be either Meridian or Nooksack Valley. That game will take place in two weeks. Sultan (3-2, 6-2), which snapped a two-game winning streak, ends its regular season next Friday at Granite Falls.

Perry put King’s on the board first, capping a quick seven-play, 56-yard opening drive with a 3-yard TD run. Sultan hung with the Knights, moving the ball early on, but a collection of crucial first-half miscues crippled the Turks.

An interception thrown by Sultan QB Alex Perrigo deep in his own territory led to Perry’s second touchdown, which put King’s in front 13-0 with 10:58 to play in the second quarter. A fumbled handoff exchange recovered by Knights defensive back Jace Fransen set up King’s third score — an electric 40-yard touchdown run by Perry — who shed at least five tacklers on his way to paydirt.

A 34-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass from Van Dyke to Blevins on a fourth-and-11 with 2 seconds remaining in the half delivered a decisive blow Sultan seemingly couldn’t recover from.

“I don’t know if we really created (the turnovers), but I think we were at the right place at the right time,” Shapiro said. “We talk about alignment-assignment, and the ball came our way, so I’m not going to complain. The turnover game in any high school game is going to be the difference.”

That was certainly the case Friday at Sultan. King’s won the turnover battle 3-0, and scored touchdowns on each extra possession.

Perry and Cline helped put the game away early in the second half. Cline scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 8:04 to play in the third, giving the Knights a 34-0 advantage, and Perry showcased his blazing speed on a 76-yard TD run that gave King’s a 41-0 lead and a running clock with 11:44 to play in the fourth quarter.

“Caleb and Andrew both rushed for over 1,100 yards last year, so it’s a good two-headed monster,” Shapiro said. “But obviously Caleb’s speed has evolved a lot in the offseason, so at any level he is one of the fastest kids in the state.”