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November 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Looking back at Newport’s win over Lake Stevens

I thought I got this up here yesterday, but apparently it somehow didn’t happen. I wanted to quickly review Newport’s 43-40 win over Lake Stevens on Saturday. And man, was it a battle.

Lake Stevens jumped out to a 14-0 lead, and I honestly wasn’t sure how Newport would respond. There was plenty of game left, but the Knights looked completely unable to move the ball on their first possession. Newport is one-dimensional offensively, and I didn’t know if it’d be able to run the ball.

Boy, was I wrong. The Knights cut the lead to 14-8 thanks to a 45-yard Jordan Sanberg touchdown run and a botched extra-point snap that turned into two points. Then a Newport defensive stop and another touchdown and we had game on.

“They came to play today,” Newport running back Thomas Day said. “We just kept going. That’s smash-mouth football, that’s what Newport football is all about.”

An offensive shootout in the first half gave way to, well, quite the opposite. A 33-28 scoreline at the break (Lake Stevens was ahead), quickly turned into a Knights lead after the first possession. Lake Stevens answered, but Newport did, as well. After the Vikings’ lone second-half touchdown, they barely had another opportunity.

Newport controlled the game with its running attack, limiting Lake Stevens to 10 offensive snaps in the second half. The Knights had four possessions in the second half: one of 11 plays, one of 17 plays and one of 10 plays that ran the clock out. There was also a four-play drive that resulted in a fumble, but Newport forced a turnover three plays later.

Only one Newport play went for more than 10 yards, and that was Paul Wells’ touchdown from 18 yards out. Newport finished with 541 yards on 83 carries, not throwing the ball once (it did drop back to pass on one occasion, but Sanberg was sacked).

“That’s our type of football,” Day said. “Just get the ball and drive down. Take all the time off the clock.”

Of note for Lake Stevens, quarterback Jacob Eason tossed his 60th-career touchdown passes. The junior finished 12 for 17 for 124 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Andrew Grimes ran for 95 yards on 12 carries to improve on his fantastic season.

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