Late TD lifts King’s past Granite Falls | Football

By David Pan | Oct 11, 2018 , Edmonds Beacon
After three scoreless quarters, King’s and Granite Falls’ offenses finally got on track in the fourth quarter.

The two teams trades touchdowns with the Knights scoring the final touchdown to pull out a 13-12 victory in a North Sound Conference football game Friday, Oct. 5, at Woolsey Stadium in Shoreline.

Senior running back Josiah Seirs scored the winning touchdown on a 4-yard run to lift the Knights (2-0 in the league, 2-4 overall) to the come-from-behind victory. King’s took over the ball on its own 30 with just over four minutes left in the contest.

“We moved the ball pretty good all four quarters,” King’s coach Jim Shapiro said. “We finally started converting. Granite Falls had a nice long run, 61 yards. They had a big play. Both teams kind of woke up.”

Seirs also caught a key 35-yard pass to help King’s convert on third down during the final drive.

“We got some momentum as we went forward,” Shapiro said.

The Knights struggled with their ground game, rushing for only 41 yards. Seirs finished with only 31 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown. Seirs caught three passes for 46 yards.

Junior quarterback Casey Needham completed 16 of 26 passes for 202 yards and one touchdown. Junior wide receiver Davis Campbell caught five passes for 74 yards and one touchdown and senior wide receiver Luke Bobin had five receptions for 39 yards.

Granite Falls (0-2, 0-6) defended the run well, though Shapiro added that the Knights didn’t help themselves with their own mistakes, such as missed blocking assignments.

“In some ways we stopped ourselves,” Shapiro said. “But we found a way to move the ball.”

Trailing 6-0 in the fourth quarter, King’s took the lead on a 11-yard pass from Needham to Campbell and a successful extra point by Jack McCallister.

The Tigers responded with a 61-yard TD run by Brayden Counsellor but a pass on a 2-point conversion attempt was incomplete and Granite Falls led 12-7.

Up next is a battle for first place in the league as King’s faces off against Cedar Park Christian – Bothell (2-0, 4-1), which beat South Whidbey 35-20. The two teams square off at 7 p.m., Friday,, Oct. 12, at Redmond High School.

The winner will move into sole possession of first place in the league. The top seed will face a lower seed in the district crossover playoffs.

The Eagles run a Wing-T offense under former Bellevue coach Butch  Goncharoff. But Shapiro noted that Cedar Park Christian will throw the ball if teams focus too much on its ground game.

“They are big up front,” Shapiro added. “They are one of the more athletic lines we’ll face.”