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Knights generate yards, points but no win against Bulldogs | Football

Returning quarterback throws for three scores in 54-30 loss

 

October 30, 2019



Kamiak put together its strongest offensive performance of the season.

Junior quarterback Nick Laman threw for three touchdowns and senior running back Mayson Bach ran for two scores, but Mount Vernon held off the Knights for a 54-30 victory in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Oct. 25, at Mount Vernon High School.

In a back-and-forth game, the Bulldogs scored two touchdowns in the final four minutes to pull away from Kamiak (0-6 in the league, 0-8 overall). Two fumbles by the Knights led to the pair of scores for Mount Vernon (4-2, 5-3).

“Our kids played well,” Kamiak coach Bryant Thomas said. “I’m very proud of the boys. It was the most complete game that we’ve played. I still would have liked to finish the final four minutes better. But the boys definitely played a much higher level than they’ve played all year.”

Laman completed 11 of 28 passes for 143 yards in his first appearance since being sidelined five weeks ago.

“He played excellent,” Thomas said.

Junior Elliott Szoke rushed for 42 yards on 10 carries and junior Syrus Vannatta caught three passes for 60 yards. Sophomore Wesley Garrett had four receptions for 36 yards and two touchdowns.

“Things came together,” Thomas said of Kamiak’s offense. “Guys made big plays. We were able to run the ball. I was very pleased with the way we played defense.”

The Knights host Jackson (0-6, 0-8) at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, at Goddard Stadium. The Timberwolves were shut out for the fourth time this season by top-ranked Lake Stevens, who prevailed 70-0. Jackson has been outscored 381-33 this season.

“We should have the opportunity to compete at a high level,” Thomas said. “Somebody’s ‘O’ must go. We hope to finish the season on a high note.”

Mount Vernon took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter before Kamiak responded with a 3-yard touchdown run by Bach in the second quarter. The Bulldogs then scored to take a 14-7 advantage into halftime.

Bach added a 9-yard scoring run and Laman threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Jimmy Garmire and the Knights entered the fourth quarter trailing 27-20.

After a Mount Vernon TD run early in the final period, Laman threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Garrett. The Bulldogs again responded with a TD to extend their lead to two scores. Laman and Garrett connected again on a 5-yard touchdown pass.

Mount Vernon sealed the victory with a fumble return for a score and a 4-yard touchdown run.

 

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