Thomas Vincent leads King's to victory over Lakewood
Thomas Vincent accounts for 413 yards total offense.
Special to The Seattle Times
LAKEWOOD, Snohomish County — Defense? What defense?
Quarterbacks Thomas Vincent (King's) and Justin Lane (Lakewood) made a mockery of anything that resembled defense Friday night at Lakewood High.
The two seniors raced the ball up and down the field all evening, scoring on 13 of 19 possessions before Vincent and King's High finally prevailed 46-43.
For Vincent and the Knights, No. 4 in Class 1A state rankings, the victory keeps alive the possibility of a Cascade Conference title. King's (6-0 overall, 5-0 league) will play at fellow unbeaten Archbishop Murphy in two weeks in what should decide the title.
To get there, the Knights needed some major fireworks from their senior quarterback. And he delivered.
Vincent ran 35 times, amassing 204 yards and five touchdowns. He threw it 25 more times, completing 20 for 219 yards and two more scores. The 6-foot, 195-pounder either ran the ball or threw it on all but three of King's offensive plays. King's finished with 441 total yards.
"In a game like this, you want to keep the ball in the hands of the guy that's going to win the game for you," King's coach Jim Shapiro said. "That's Thomas."
In addition to Vincent's 413 total offensive yards, he also played every down on defense at cornerback.
"Coach just called the plays and we just did what he told us to do," Vincent said. "We've scored a lot this year. But this is the first game a team has scored on us. It was a good challenge."
Trailing 27-21 after a first half in which the teams combined for 498 yards, Lakewood, ranked No. 9 in 2A, thrilled its homecoming gathering by rallying to score the first two touchdowns of the second half for a 35-27 lead with 10:18 left in the game.
After the Cougars (4-2, 2-2) grabbed the lead, however, the Knights struck back.
King's took advantage of a misplayed kickoff and the game's only turnover — an interception of Lane — to score three times in less than four minutes to build an insurmountable 46-35 lead.
Lane, an Illinois State-bound senior, completed 15 of 20 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 73 yards.