Injuries hurt Kamiak in loss to Bulldogs | Football

Mount Vernon seals its win with 3 TDs in the second half
By David Pan | Oct 04, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Xavier Henshaw prepares to stiff-arm a Mount Vernon defender during a Wesco 4A game Friday, Sept. 29, at Goddard Stadium.

A battered Kamiak team stuck together in a tough loss to Mount Vernon.

The Bulldogs scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to pull away for a 28-6 victory in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Sept. 29, at Goddard Stadium.

The Knights (0-3 in the league, 1-4 overall) stayed with Mount Vernon for the first three quarters. Mount Vernon took a 7-0 lead on a 11-yard touchdown run by Seth Tercero in the first quarter. Kamiak struck back in the second quarter and cut the deficit to 7-6 on a 39-yard run by senior running back Ben Barton, who did not start the game due to being banged up after a Sept. 22 game against Mariner. Junior quarterback Matt Merk did not play in the first quarter against the Bulldogs (1-2, 2-3) but did enter the game in the second quarter. Merk is nursing a leg injury.

Kamiak coach Dan Mack described Friday’s game and the 2017 season as tough times.

“We didn’t expect this to be this year,” Mack said. “Our expectations are higher than this. We’ve got to overcome the injuries that we have. We need to come out this week and tackle better, execute better. But I’ll tell you what. We’re a family. We stay together. We keep the focus on ourselves and what we can do better. We try to get better every game.”

Mount Vernon extended its advantage to 14-6 when J.J. Sanchez returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown.

Kamiak still was down only one score heading into the fourth quarter before Gabe McGuire put the game out of reach with TD runs of 1 and 35 yards.

Mack praised the play of quarterback Tavian Johnson, who completed 11 of 16 passes for 85 yards. Johnson played all of the first quarter and then came in late in the fourth quarter.

“Tavian Johnson did a wonderful job coming in as a sophomore,” Mack said.

Merk completed 11 of 22 passes for 106 yards. Barton rushed for 98 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown. Wide receiver Hunter Bollschweiler caught 12 passes for 111 yards.

Kamiak’s defense came up big with a fumble recovery at its owe 2 to stop a potential Mount Vernon scoring drive in the second half. Bryce Cote recovered the fumble and also caused another fumble.

In the second half, the Bulldog defense pressed Kamiak’s receivers and loaded the box, Mack said.

“It was a little bit hard to get the run off,” he said.

Kamiak faces Jackson (1-2, 1-3) at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6, at Everett Memorial Stadium. The Timberwolves lost 49-7 to defending league champion Lake Stevens.

‘We have a bit of a mash unit,” Mack said of his team’s injuries. “It’s giving other kids an opportunity to play. We’re looking forward to the season continuing and getting better.”

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