LORAIN — It was a matter of time before Admiral King’s superior size, strength and ability took its toll Saturday against crosstown rival Southview.
King started slowly before punishing the Saints, 47-0, to finish the season 6-4, its best record since 1987 when it finished 7-3. Southview lost for the 31st straight time and has scored only six points in its last six games. King now leads the series 27-9, with three consecutive victories.
“It feels good,” said King coach Mark Campo when asked about first winning season in 20 years. “The kids worked hard and played solid football the past two weeks against Bedford and, aside from the turnovers, we played pretty solid again today.”
Junior Anthony Harrison rushed for 201 yards and senior Tim Taylor added 146 as King piled up 524 yards and 25 first downs on the ground. Each added a pair of touchdowns and Taylor eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the year. For the game, the Admirals had 27 first downs and 574 total yards to just five first downs and 96 yards for the Saints.
“We did what we were supposed to do — at least in the second half,” said Taylor. “Thank the (offensive) line. (Anthony) had 200-plus, whatever he had, and I had mine because of the offensive linemen.”
“Both of us running keeps us fresh,” said Harrison. “Our 28-red (play) was working real well.”
“Taylor’s been solid for us all year,” said Campo, “and Anthony Harrison just keeps getting better.”
Three Admiral King turnovers limited the Admirals to a 6-0 halftime lead.
“I told them we were going to go out and take care of the football,” Campo said when asked about halftime adjustments. “Hit the creases, run north and south and play the best half of football we’ve ever played. The kids responded on both sides of the ball.”
King took the second-half kick and drove 65 yards in five plays, with Harrison breaking free for the final 49 yards. After intermission, the Admirals scored all six times they had the ball, didn’t turn it over and played penalty free. Matt Toth recovered a Saint fumble on a kickoff and Mike Daniels picked off a pass to set up touchdowns.
Southview’s best chance to score came on its opening drive when it had the ball inside King’s 10-yard line thanks to a pair of Admirals penalties that gave the Saints two first downs. However, Southview failed on a fourth-down pass play from the 5 — Blake Witherspoon’s pass eluding the fingertips of Bruce Lovett.
“This whole year, we’ve done the same thing,” said Todd Auvil, Southview’s first-year coach. “We play a quarter, we play a half — against Shaw we played three quarters. We’ve been outplayed but our kids haven’t quit. I told them I was real proud to be associated with them.
“We’ll keep this in the memory bank — this 47-0 and a touchdown pass right at the end.
“I was over there (on King’s staff) during the lean times — we’re headed in the same direction. We need to get in the weight room.
“I think our kids are committed. Our numbers are up. Everything is positive about this program — the only disappointment is we haven’t put a few wins together.”
“No, it wasn’t (planned),” Campo answered, when asked about King’s last touchdown — a 9-yard pass in the final two minutes. “It kind of got snuck in there. I apologize to (Coach Auvil) for it. We definitely don’t want to do things like that.”
GOODBYE, RON: Ron Bakalar, the longtime TV voice of Lorain Cable athletic events and former teacher and public address announcer at Admiral King, announced his retirement from on-air activities at the conclusion of the King-Southview game. Bakalar Started teaching at Admiral King in 1961, the year the school opened. One of Bakalar’s fondest memories was that of the 1962 King football team that presented the school with a picture plaque of their induction into the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame last May.
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Admiral King 47, Southview 0
Admiral King 0 6 22 19 — 47
Southview 0 0 0 0 — 0
AK—Rolando Carter 19 pass from Terrance Atkinson (kick failed)
AK—Anthony Harrison 49 run (Chad Hall run)
AK—Tim Taylor 8 run (Cameron Szatala kick)
AK — Harrison 6 run (Szatala kick)
AK — Taylor 2 run (kick failed)
AK — Chris Kimbro 12 run (Szatala kick)
AK — Anthony Gaston 9 pass from Chad Hall (run failed)
First downs 27 5
— by rushing 25 2
— by passing 2 1
— by penalty 0 2
Yards rushing 524 68
Yards passing 50 28
Total offense 574 96
Passes att./comp. 3/3 7/1
Intercepted by 1 0
Fumbles/lost 3/3 1/1
Penalties/yards 5/45 1/10
RUSHING — (AK) Anthony Harrison 18-201, Tim Taylor 24-146, Julius Rollins 6-22, Terrance Atkinson 3-32, Chris Kimbro 6-69, Blake Jamerson 1-54, Theo Smith 1-(-4), Caleb Bonden 1-4. (S) Bruce Lovett 10-39, Blake Witherspoon 9-7, Anthony Browning 4-8, Michael Castillio 2-(-2), Kalvan Windham 3-11, Ricky Earl 3-5.
PASSING — (AK) Terrance Atkinson 2-2-41-1-0, Chad Hall 1-1-9-1-0. (S) Blake Witherspoon 1-7-28-0-1.
RECEIVING — (AK) Rolando Carter 2-41, Anthony Gaston 1-9. (S) Bruce Lovett 1-28.