By David Pan
Sports editor 

Kamiak beats Jackson for first victory of season | Football

Quarterback Laman throws for 222 yards and two touchdowns, running Bach runs for three scores

 

November 6, 2019

David R Pan

Kamiak's Nick Laman drops back to pass during the Knights' 37-7 victory over the Timberwolves.

Kamiak put together its most complete performance on both sides of the ball.

Junior quarterback Nick Laman completed 11 of 21 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns and senior running back Mayson Bach ran for three TDs to lead the Knights to a 37-7 victory over Jackson in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Nov. 1, at Goddard Stadium.

The victory was the first after eight losses for Kamiak (1-6 in the league, 1-8 overall).

"It feels great," Laman said. "We've all worked super hard the entire year and just getting that victory feels amazing."

Friday was Laman's second game back leading the offense after being sidelined during the third contest of the season against Mariner. Two weeks ago, the Knights scored five touchdowns in a 54-30 loss to playoff-bound Mount Vernon. Kamiak has scored only one TD or was shut out in six games earlier this season.

"Everything just finally started clicking," Laman said. "Our offensive line got its stuff together. They started to protect a lot better than they had at the beginning of the year. It feels good to have time back there. The receivers are running their routes perfectly and catching the ball. The running backs are running hard every time they get the ball. Everything is getting put together."


Sophomore Wesley Garrett ran for 84 yards on four carries and caught four passes for 90 yards.

Aside from a tough outing against second-place Monroe, the Kamiak offense has averaged around 300 yards a game against Jackson, Cascade and Mount Vernon.

In addition to scoring three TDs, Bach and teammate Ramteen Soleimani each recorded five tackles to lead the defense.

"On both sides of the ball ... that was our best game," Kamiak coach Bryant Thomas said. "We put it all together against Jackson and the guys played with a lot more confidence."

Thomas saw an offense that is executing better. Having Laman back at quarterback and pairing him with Garrett gives the Knights options.

"You have a guy who can throw the ball added to a guy who you can put back there to run the ball," Thomas said. "Now we have that true one-two punch. ... We're starting to have some success there."

Bach scored on runs of 2 and 4 yards in the first quarter and then added a 5-yard TD run in the second quarter.

Laman threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Syrus Vannatta in the third quarter and then found Ben Ferrara on a 4-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter. A.J. Windsor also booted a 20-yard field goal.

The Timberwolves (0-7, 0-9) scored their lone TD late in the final period.

Thomas noted that Kamiak made some changes in the defense three weeks ago and he has seen improvement each week.

"You could see that this was going to get better," he said.

Unlike last year when injuries precluded a week 10 game, Kamiak will be hosting Marysville-Getchell at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, at Goddard Stadium.

Thomas asked the players if they wanted to have a week 10 game and they were adamant in their desire for the contest. The Chargers (2-3 in the Wesco 3A North, 4-5 overall) have won three straight, including a 44-18 rout over Lynnwood last week.

"The kids are inspired and they're playing hard," Thomas said. "So why not give them an opportunity to go out and see where we stand right now because I feel we've gotten better over the last four weeks of the season."

Laman is looking forward to the matchup.

"We hope to build offensively off of these last two offensive performances – lots of yards, lots of scoring – and just end the season with a lot of offensive firepower," he said.

David R Pan

 

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