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Kamiak pounds Cascade, wraps up perfect season | Football

Senior QB Laman runs for three touchdowns, throws for two scores in 44-14 victory


Last updated 4/15/2021 at 4:51pm

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Kamiak quarterback Nick Laman runs with the ball during the Knights' 44-14 victory over Cascade Thursday, April 1, at Goddard Stadium.

Kamiak's senior class took more than its fair share of lumps in their sophomore and junior years.

All the Knights had to show during those two difficult seasons was two victories.

Fast forward to 2021: Kamiak came out strong in an opening 38-14 victory over Everett and closed out the season even stronger with a 44-14 rout over previously unbeaten Cascade in a Wesco football game Thursday, April 1, at Goddard Stadium.

Senior quarterback Nick Laman rushed for 61 yards on 11 carries and ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more to lead the Knights (4-0 overall). Junior running back Wesley Garrett rushed for 99 yards on 10 carries and caught one TD, and senior Gabriel Dominguez had 98 yards on 17 carries.

"It means everything," Laman said. "The first undefeated season in history, especially with the circumstances – COVID and everything. ... We've been improving every single week and just to end the season undefeated, going out 44-14. It's the greatest feeling in the world."

Laman and the most of the senior class moved up to varsity the same time coach Bryant Thomas took over the Kamiak program.

"So we got to grow with him for three years," Laman said. "Obviously, you had two hard years in a row, and then this year, we came out and balled out. The legacy we're leaving, I don't know what the team is going to look like next year, but I know for sure it's going to carry on, and it's going to keep the Kamiak football tradition alive."

Senior Ben Ferrara agreed with his teammate.

"The program is going up," he said.

Thomas said that, more than anything, he and his coaching staff appreciated the players' support during the tough times.

"This senior class has been phenomenal," he said. "They were with us through the bad, and now they are able to experience the good. These kids believed in us regardless of what was happening. And for a program to turn around, you've got to have kids that believe in the coaches as much as the coaches believe in the kids, and that's what we got. We've got a great group of kids."

Thursday's game was even more special for the Knights because it was senior night, and fans were allowed in Goddard Stadium for the first time all year.

"I couldn't ask for any more," Ferrara said. "It's been hard with no fans. We've glad to have them back. We love it. I wish I could have played a couple more years with my teammates. I joined them junior year. I love all these guys. We're a family. There's nothing like this."

Kamiak was coming off the only setback of 2021 – the cancellation of a game against Stanwood due to COVID-19 issues a week earlier. The players found out only a couple of hours before they were scheduled to board a bus.

"It was very disappointing, more so for the seniors and the kids than me," Thomas said. "They're the ones who are putting in all the hard work, who have given up other aspects of their lives so they can be on the football team and play Friday night. To have that taken away was difficult."

The Knights were dialed in from the opening whistle against the Bruins. Thomas could see that in their eyes.

"They were focused even during our warmups," he said. "We knew all week. We knew they had a different feel all week long."

Laman scored on a 1-yard TD run midway through the first quarter, and running back Chance Loudenback followed with a 5-yard scoring run in the second period to give the Knights a 14-0 advantage.

After a Cascade touchdown, Kamiak responded with three unanswered TDs to take a 34-7 halftime lead. Laman threw a 38-yard TD pass to Loudenback, and then the senior QB scored on a 5-yard run. Laman closed out the scoring with a 2-yard TD run with 17 seconds left in the second quarter.

"Everyone was fired up. Everybody had energy," Laman said. "Everybody wanted to win this game. ... Our offensive line did an amazing job. Our D-line was causing havoc, breaking stuff up and getting us the ball back."

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Kamiak's Ben Ferrara and Maxwell Rust (right) pounce on a Cascade ball carrier.

In the third quarter, Laman tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to junior Wesley Garrett, and A.J. Winsor booted a 29-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

In last year's meeting, Cascade running back Michael Purl ran for 349 yards and four TDs in the Bruins' 39-14 victory.

"We watched the game and the players took it personal," Thomas said. "That was good to see."

Thomas wasn't surprised by his team's 30-point margin of victory.

"I've been telling the guys all week we are better than that team," he said. "And if we showed up and played the way we're capable of playing that will be the outcome. I preached to them all week and the coaches preached to them and the kids believed in it."

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