King’s season comes to an unexpected ending

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.”