King’s cashes in on Cedar Park Christian’s miscues in 45-27 win

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.