King’s loses to Lakeside in wild shootout

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.