New quarterback helps engineer two Kamiak scoring drives | Football

By David Pan | Sep 26, 2018

Kamiak lost its fourth straight game, but the Knights may have found its quarterback for the rest of the season and the future.

Sophomore Nick Laman made his first varsity start at quarterback in place of senior quarterback Hunter Bolllschweiler, who was sidelined with a leg injury suffered against Mariner.

Laman ran for a touchdown and threw for another in a 68-13 loss to Glacier Peak in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Sept. 21, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish.

Kamiak coach Bryant Thomas saw significant progress from Laman, who came in to relieve Bollschweiler two weeks ago.

“He has a better understanding of the offense,” Thomas said. “Once he had the understanding of what we’re looking for him from the run, he was a different ball runner. … Without a doubt, he showed that he could play quarterback.”

Laman scored on an 80-yard run in the third quarter and then threw an 18-yard TD pass to Nolan Martin in the fourth quarter against the Glacier Peak reserves.

“We were seeing success before that,” Thomas said.

The Knights had three turnovers – two fumbles and an interception – that contributed to a 33-0 halftime deficit.

“You take that out of the equation, (the game) doesn’t get that fast away from us,” Thomas said.

Laman rushed for 95 yards on six carries and one touchdown. Freshman Dylan James finished with 58 yards on 12 carries and freshman Nolan Martin had 20 yards on six carries.

“Both of the freshmen are running well,” Thomas said.

Senior fullback Cameron Osbjorsen ran for 27 yards on nine carries and pulled double duty as a lineman on defense.

“He was not coming off the field,” Thomas said. “He said, “Coach, I’m not tired.’ He went from defensive end right back to fullback. He’s another kid who had great night.”

Thomas also saw solid efforts from senior lineman Matthew Casson and freshmen Mark Holcomb and Cayden Wotipka.

“There were a lot of positives,” Thomas said.

Thomas expects to have Bollschweiler back in a week or two and is contemplating moving the senior back to wide receiver, his original position.

The first-year Kamiak coach was impressed by Glacier Peak senior quarterback Ayden Ziomas, who competed 13 of 14 passes for 266 and six touchdowns.

“He’s probably one of the best quarterbacks I’ve faced in the last four or five years,” Thomas said. “He can run. He throws. He makes them go.”

Senior wide receive Evan Mannes caught five passé for 133 yards and three touchdowns and senior running back Caelan Briggs rushed for 135 yards on 10 carries with two touchdown.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Knights (0-2 in the league. 0-4), who faced undefeated Lake Stevens (2-0, 4-0) on the road at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28.

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