STAMFORD — It was the final home game Saturday for a core of 10 seniors on the King School football team.
Those Vikings will have fond memories beyond the high decibel of cheers ringing in their ears as King conquered suburban archrival St. Luke’s, 42-13.
The handwarmer-worthy playing conditions were balanced by the warm heart of King senior quad-captain Evan Townsend-Henry.
The powerful running back had an exclamation point performance as he amassed 135 yards rushing on 13 carries along with three touchdowns and a two-point conversion.
“Every victory over St. Luke’s means a lot. They beat us when I was a freshman and sophomore,” Townsend-Henry said. “Winning the seniors’ final home game is the best feeling.”
KING’S NEXT CHALLENGE BEGINS SUNDAY
King closed out its regular season with a sparkling 8-1 record. The Vikings’ lone loss for the second straight year was to Fairchester Athletic Association champion Hamden Hall.
King athletic director Tom Decker will spend his Sunday waiting for a phone call about a probable NEPSAC Class C playoff berth. King is defending NEPSAC Class C champion.
“If we get the bid, I believe we enter the NEPSACs off some solid performances,” said King’s veteran coach Dan Gouin.
KING’S EFFICIENT PASSING ATTACK
Even though King’s senior quarterback Renn Lints completed six of 12 passes, the 101 yards through the air resulted in three touchdowns.
Lints had scoring strikes of 35 yards and 14 yards to LeVaughn Lewis along with an 18-yard connection to senior A.J. Greene.
The Vikings finished with 237 yards rushing on 26 carries as most of the fourth quarter was played on running time.
“The seniors over these four years have made this football field our second home,” Townsend-Henry said. “The King School community has treated me like family. They are the best people I’ve ever met in my life. This school has made me a great player and a great person.”
AN IMPROVING SEASON FOR ST. LUKE’S
St. Luke’s closed out its season at 4-5 overall despite a roster that numbered in the 20s.
The Storm made a big step forward from their 1-7 mark in 2016.
Senior running back Shaka Moales paced the St. Luke’s offense with 100 yards rushing on 12 carries. Freshman Ken Soares scored both Storm touchdowns. He caught a 13-yard TD pass from junior quarterback Michael Hage and bulled into the end zone on a 5-yard run on the contest’s final play.
The King defense recovered three fumbles, had one interception and three sacks. They limited St. Luke’s to 17 yards passing.
“Our 4-5 record is an improvement from last year. These kids love each other and worked so hard every day,” said St. Luke’s veteran coach Noel Thomas Sr. “We want to keep things moving forward. We lose just four seniors. (Shaka) Moales was our spark plug and our No. 1 guy despite playing hurt much of the season. Ben Joseph will be playing at Monmouth University so I will cheer him on. Brendan Casey (6-foot-6, 245) was our muscle man. James Krill (OL, DL) was an impact player throughout his time.”
KING 42, ST. LUKE’S 13
ST. LUKE’S 0 7 0 6—13
KING 12 8 14 8—42
K—LeVaughn Lewis 35 pass Renn Lints (kick failed)
K—Evan Townsend-Henry 5 run (run failed)
K—A.J. Greene 18 pass Lints (Kelly Gouin run)
StL—Ken Soares 13 pass Michael Hage (Andrew Lau kick)
K—Townsend-Henry 10 run (run failed)
K—Lewis 14 pass Lints (Townsend-Henry run)
K—Townsend-Henry 44 run (Justin Torres-West run)
StL—Soares 5 run (kick failed)
Records: St. Luke’s 4-5; King 8-1.