Junior Jamire Westbrook ran for 231 yards and scored four touchdowns as Kings (9-1, 4-0) won at Turpin (9-1, 3-1) to clinch the FAVC Cardinal title.
The story to start the game was that both starting quarterbacks, Eric Martin and Jonny Brewster, were sidelined with injuries. Westbrook took over the spotlight and put the game into his own hands as the Knights won for the third straight time at Spartan Stadium.
Kings' quarterback Jensen Gebhardt played error-free football in replacing Brewster, who was out with a broken clavicle. The junior went 8-of-12 for 142 yards and hooked up on a beautifully thrown, 54 yard flea-flicker with receiver Jermard Lewis. Lewis ended up with three catches for 69 yards.
The Knights' defense was impressive against a hobbled Turpin offense that was without its star receiver Shade Whitfield and a roughed up runner in Will Stocker along with Martin. They made life miserable for sophomore Conner Jansen, who was making his second start of his young career.
The Knights had five sacks while holding the Spartans to just 21 yards rushing on their first 19 attempts and just 1-of-11 on third-down conversions for the game.
Both teams will host Division II, Region 8 playoff games next Friday night.
Written by: Greg Shoemaker, TriStateFootball.com