By David Pan 

Turnovers sink Knights against Lyncs | Football


Last updated 11/8/2018 at Noon

King’s couldn’t overcome its early mistakes.

The Knights turned the ball over on both of their first two offensive possessions and Lynden Christian took advantage, scoring two touchdowns. King’s never recovered and the Lyncs rolled to a 42-14 victory in a loser-out 1A District football playoff game Friday, Nov. 2, at Woolsey Stadium.

Both turnovers, an interception and a fumble, gave Lynden Christian the ball deep in King’s territory.

“I’ve been telling our guys it’s all about turnovers and we turned the ball over way too many times in that first half to even have a shot to compete,” King’s coach Jim Shapiro said.

The Knights (4-6 overall) did have an opportunity to stem the Lyncs’ momentum on their third drive of the game. King’s drove down into Lynden Christian territory but could not punch the ball into the end zone on a fourth-and goal and turned the ball over on downs.

“You don’t convert in the red zone and give up too many turnovers, you’ve going to have a game like this tonight,” Shapiro said.

In the fourth quarter, junior quarterback Casey Needham threw 7- and 16-yard touchdown passes to his favorite wide receiver, senior Davis Campbell. The second touchdown was set up when King’s successfully recovered an on-side kick.

“What I did see in the fourth quarter is that our kids never quit,” Shapiro said. “They had fun in that fourth quarter. … I think that was a good way for us to end the season in the last part of the game.”

Needham completed 16 of 29 passes for 159 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Campbell had seven catches for 71 yards and senior Luke Bobin caught five passes for 74 yards. The Lyncs’ balanced offensive attack produced 446 total yards (231 rushing, 215 passing). King’s finished with 214 yards (63 rushing, 159 passing).

The Knights started the season 0-4 and were outscored 164-30. King’s then won four out of its next five games to finish second in the North Sound Conference. In his 25 years of coaching (22 at King’s) Shapiro has never seen a team mount such a major turnaround in the course of one season.

The credit goes to the players.

“They worked harder. We got more focused,” Shapiro said. “I think leadership from certain kids stepped up. The magic ingredient was hard work and determination. That really made it happen for us.”

Needham, Seirs, Campbell, Avery Hamann and Danny Bogen played key roles for the Knights.

“I never had a turnaround like that in one season,” Shapiro said.


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