EVERETT — When Kamiak scores a touchdown at home, the sideline is a party. A Grove St. Party, to be more specific.
The track Grove St. Party by hip-hop artist Waka Flocka Flame blares over the speakers at Goddard Stadium when the Knights score, but with just two touchdowns at home this season entering Week 9, Kamiak hadn’t had many chances to play it this season.
But the Knights partied plenty on Friday night, as Kamiak thumped Jackson, 37-7, to capture its first win of the season.
“It’s pretty cool man, because our student body has been here every game, they’ve been supporting us every week,” Kamiak head coach Bryant Thomas said. “For us to finally get them a ‘W’ and have them come out and celebrate with the kids, it’s pretty cool.”
It’s been a difficult season for the Knights, with just four seniors on a limited roster.
But things have been trending up for Kamiak after it scored 30 points in a 24-point loss to Mount Vernon last week, which carried the Knights into a Week 9 breakthrough.
Mayson Bach, a senior tailback, punched in all three touchdowns for Kamiak (1-8, 1-6 Wesco 4A) in the first half. He scored from 1 yard, 4 yards and 6 yards to help carry the Knights’ offense in the opening 24 minutes.
Bach is one of just four seniors on Kamiak’s roster and the only returning player in the limited senior class from last year’s squad.
“My whole goal for the night was to make sure he left with a bang,” Thomas said. “I talked to him before the game and said, ‘I”m going to try and get you two, maybe three’ and he came to the sideline (after the third) and said, ‘Coach, I got my three!’
“He deserved everything tonight.”
The Knights should return a great deal of starters on both sides of the ball next season. The win against Jackson should provide Kamiak some confidence heading into the offseason after they finish with a game against Marysville Getchell in Week 10.
“We’re going to take this win and we’re going to carry it into next season,” junior quarterback Nick Laman said. “We’ll use this as a nice stepping stone to go out.”
The Timberwolves fell to 0-9 and 0-7 in Wesco 4A play.
— Laman finished with 102 yards passing and two touchdowns.
— Wesley Garrett caught four passes for 75 yards and rushed for 84 yards on four carries for the Knights.
— Junior running back Brendan Sandico rushed for 86 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, and caught eight passes for 30 yards for the Timberwolves.
“It’s huge for these guys to end the (regular) season with a win and not finish the (regular) season 0-9. They practiced hard all week. You started to see glimpses of what we could do over the last three weeks. When you’re playing the Monroe and Lake Stevens of the world, you know, we have a good league, and you’re going to have those types of games. But these kids worked their butts off, and they were up for the challenge.” — Kamiak coach Bryant Thomas
Kamiak will host Marysville Getchell in a Week 10 game to end the season, while Jackson is scheduled to play Shorewood at Everett Memorial Stadium.