Knights unable to sustain early advantage against Bearcats | Football

Kamiak takes a 13-0 lead into 2nd quarter
By David Pan | Oct 17, 2018

Kamiak had the edge on Monroe through the early part of the second quarter.

The Knights had just scored their second touchdown to take a 13-0 lead.

But Monroe returned the ensuing kickoff for a score and the momentum suddenly shifted 180 degrees.

The Bearcats followed with seven unanswered touchdowns and cruised to a 48-13 victory in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Oct. 12, at Monroe High School.

“Early in the game, we were pretty much playing them even,” Kamiak coach Bryant Thomas said. “All it takes is one or two things in a game and momentum shifts in a heartbeat.”

The one play that ignited the Bearcats was a 74-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Monroe’s Efton Chism III early in the second quarter.

“Their best player made a play and took the kickoff to the house,” Thomas said. “That put us on our heels. We never really recovered from that.”

Kamiak (1-4 in the league, 1-6 overall) took a 7-0 lead on a 10-yard touchdown run by senior running back Cameron Objornsen in the first quarter. The Knights extended their advantage to 13-0 on a halfback pass by freshman Dylan James to senior Malachi Goodman early in the second quarter.

An injury to Objornsen on the Knights’ second drive sent the Kamiak senior standout to the sidelines.

“It changed how they played us defensively,” Thomas said. “Once we lost him that really cemented the momentum shift.”

Injuries have plagued the Knights and have been a major factor in the team’s performance on the field.

Thomas noted that Kamiak has not been able to start the same 11 players on either offense or defense in any back-to-back games this season.

“We’re not building true cohesiveness every week if somebody has to be replaced because of injuries,” Thomas said.

The benefit is that a number of younger players are seeing varsity action and understanding what it takes to be successful.

“Every game whether you win or lose, there is some type of learning for us,” Thomas said. “Young guys have the opportunity to play and seeing them have success is really promising for the future. … The kids are working hard. They are doing everything they can to find success, not only individually, but in our battle as a team.”

Kamiak finished with 209 yards on the ground.

“It indicates not only is our line coming together, but the kids are understanding the scheme a little bit more,” Thomas said.

Kamiak hosts Mount Vernon on homecoming night Friday, Oct. 19, at Goddard Stadium. The Bulldogs (4-1, 6-1) dispatched Jackson 49-24.

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