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Knights come up just short in 19-14 loss to Chargers | Football

Laman, Garrett connect on two touchdown in second half


Last updated 11/13/2019 at 4:46pm

David R Pan

Kamiak's Wesley Garrett catches the ball against Marysville-Getchell's Garrett Devereaux.

Kamiak shook off a nightmarish first half and rallied from a 19-0 third-quarter deficit to set up a thrilling finish in the final game of 2019.

The Knights drove into Marysville-Getchell territory but came up short on a potential game-winning drive, and the Chargers escaped with a 19-14 victory in a nonconference football game Thursday, Nov. 7, at Goddard Stadium.

Kamiak coach Bryant Thomas was disappointed with the loss but not with the fight the Knights showed in the second half after three first-half drives were cut short by interceptions. 

"I'm proud of my boys," he said. "Our boys battled and competed."

When he was hired as Kamiak's coach, Thomas said that it was going to take some time to build a program.

"I feel like that foundation has been built," Thomas said. "It took us two years, but it's been built. I think there are some good things to look forward to next year. We've got some talented wide receivers and a talented quarterback. Everybody comes back next year. So I'm excited."

Junior quarterback Nick Laman completed 15 of 32 passes for 304 yards and two touchdowns. Laman rebounded from a tough first half in which he threw three interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown that gave Marysville-Getchell a 6-0 lead at halftime.

"He settled down," Thomas said of Laman. "We talked. He was a little frustrated. He thought that he wasn't playing well."

Thomas told Laman that the interception returned for a score wasn't all his fault. Later, the Kamiak coach said he urged Laman to let loose in the second half.

"I said, 'Listen. It's the last game of the year. Let's have fun. Just have fun. Go be Russell Wilson. Let everything go and be the best player you can be,'" Thomas said. "He showed up in the second half."

The Chargers scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to extend their lead to 19-0. Laman finally got the Knights (1-9 overall) on the scoreboard with a 31-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Wesley Garrett.

The two then connected on a 5-yard scoring pass to cut the deficit to 19-14 later in the fourth quarter. After forcing Marysville-Getchell (5-5) to punt, Kamiak took the ball deep in its own territory and drove past midfield into Charger territory.

But Kamiak was unable to convert on a fourth down and turned the ball over on downs with 15 seconds left in the game.

"Our mindset just changed, and we took it up a notch," Garrett said of the Knights' performance in the second half.

A hard hit on Garrett that resulted in a turnover in the third quarter helped to refocus the Kamiak sophomore standout.

"I felt like on the play where I got my head knocked off that really turned me up," Garrett said. "I wasn't going to go out like that for the last game of the season. I didn't think anybody else wanted us to go out like that."

Garrett caught 10 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns.

"He's the man," Thomas said. "People will know his name next year because he's going to put up big numbers."

With only four seniors, the Knights will return most of their players next season. Garrett hopes his teammates remember how well they played, especially in the second half.

"We competed really hard through the whole game," he said. "We'll carry that into next year and, hopefully, this will be a stepping stone for us."

Thomas has seen steady progress from the Knights and is upbeat about the program's future.

"Our kids have proven that they can play this game of football," Thomas said. "The kids are confident. Of course, they feel bad about losing the last game. But they are able to see the successes that they can have." 


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