Chris Faidley made it clear he’s no longer feeling the effects of a nagging shoulder injury he sustained the second week of the season.
The senior quarterback ran for a career-high four touchdowns and loosened up his throwing arm in King’s 48-7 Chinook League rout of Charles Wright Oct. 24 at Woolsey Stadium.
With Faidley directing their option attack, the Knights (1-1 league, 4-3 overall) opened up a 28-0 lead over the Tarriers and stretched their halftime cushion to 35-7.
Faidley supplied King’s first three touchdowns on runs of 35, 8 and 8 yards and added a fourth TD from five yards out in the third quarter.
“He was reading their defensive end on the option and kept getting around the corner,” King’s coach Jim Shapiro said. “He used his athletic ability from there.”
Near the end of the third quarter Faidley had a chance for a fifth touchdown, but at the last second pitched the ball to sophomore Devon Bryant for a 1-yard score.
Faidley finished with a game-high 99 rushing yards on just seven carries. He also completed nine of his 16 passes for 79 yards.
Shapiro said Faidley’s injury is close to 100 percent healed. His right shoulder was driven into the ground during a 14-9 non-league loss to South Whidbey Sept. 19.
“Physically, he’s there,” Shapiro said. “It’s taken the past couple games to get his confidence back in his shoulder.”
Three other King’s runners eclipsed 50 yards, led by junior Victor Quan’s 87 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
Bryant added 79 yards on 10 rushes and senior Brady Butler chipped in 59 yards on six touches, including his first high school TD on a 37-yard draw in the second quarter.
Butler also collected 11 tackles and Robb Waldburger returned an interception 20 yards for the Knights midway through the second quarter.
King’s amassed 362 rushing yards and held Charles Wright (0-3, 2-4) to 101 rushing and 28 passing yards.
Winners of two straight, the Knights close out the regular season against Life Christian (1-2, 4-4) and Tacoma Baptist (2-0, 4-4).
Last week, Tacoma Baptist beat Life Christian 38-14 to remain tied for first with Cascade Christian (2-0, 7-1). Only the top two finishers receive state playoff berths.
“It’s the exact same scenario as last year,” Shapiro said. “We need to win our last two to get to the playoffs. I think our past two games have really set the stage for us.”