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KINGS 55, TECUMSEH 30

The Kings Knights owned the night as they rolled through the first round of the DII playoffs, beating Tecumseh High School 55-30 in a cold, winter weather match.

The Knights were led by Jamire Westbrook, who rushed for 209 yards and four touchdowns.

To start the game the Knights were able to force the Arrows into a three-and-out with a big fourth-down stop. The Knights would produce a touchdown in their first series, handing the ball to tailback, Westbrook.

With three minutes left in the first quarter, Codi Frank would pick off Jensen Gebhardt's attempted touchdown pass and return it to the Tecumseh 2-yard line, but the Arrows would not get a scoring series together.

The Knights took over and with less than a minute on the clock Westbrook would find the endzone again.

The second quarter would bring in a third touchdown for Westbrook and also allow for a Tecumseh touchdown from Mike McKee. After interceptions out of both quarterbacks, the Knights ended the half with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Nick Bird.

It was not far into the third quarter that Westbrook found the endzone for his fourth and final rushing touchdown of the game.

With a couple of big plays, including a Tecumseh pick and the Knights' defense bringing down the quarterback in his backfield, the third quarter would start winding down. With over a minute in the third quarter, Ben Bennett would find a seam and rush for 39 yards, setting up another touchdown for the Knights as Brian Huffman carried the ball in for the Knights.

It would be the Arrows that found some luck in the fourth quarter, with a McKee touchdown rush and a recovered onside kick at the Knights' 45-yard line.

Zeke Eier would get himself a touchdown, but that would be answered by Jermard Lewis, who had a 68-yard touchdown catch. Justin Crull would intercept for a Kings touchdown and Eier would answer with a 64 yard touchdown run, but it would not be enough.

The Knights proved their worth of the being ranked in the top 10 for DII as they rallied behind their junior tailback and the experienced senior defense, which returned eight seniors this season.

This team has outscored opponents 351-131 and it was evident in this contest how they have made it happen.

The Knights will take on Mount Healthy next week in a DII semi-finals matchup.


Written by: Jill Huber, TriStateFootball.com

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