Senior quarterback Blevins powers Knights past Mariners

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.”