King football tops St. Luke’s for 8-1 record
NEW CANAAN — Finish the job. Reap the rewards.
The King School football team kept its eye on the prize and didn’t allow longtime rival St. Luke’s any hope Saturday as the Vikings rolled to a 36-0 road victory at Watson Field at Pedrick Stadium.
Since Hamden Hall will play in the NEPSAC Class B football championship next week, the door is wide open for King to receive a NEPSAC Class C championship game bid. That contest is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, at a neutral site to be determined.
The official NEPSAC invitations will be announced via conference call at noon Sunday.
“The work for this group started one week after the 2015 football season ended. This group pushed on through last winter, this spring and this summer to get better,” King junior quarterback Renn Lints said. “It’s been a terrific regular season. And now, we earned the prize we were pointing for.”
King had suffered through disappointments the past two seasons in its annual clash with St. Luke’s. The Storm had produced fantastic finishes to defeat King both years.
The Vikings were determined not to allow St. Luke’s a shot at a third.
On the contest’s opening play, Lints raced 65 yards for a touchdown only to have it nullified by a holding penalty.
King regrouped and eventually grabbed a 6-0 edge just 3:30 in when Lints motored 45 yards for a touchdown.
It was a harbinger of things to come as Lints added scoring runs of 34 and 70 yards in the final two minutes before halftime for a 28-0 intermission edge.
“The offensive line and the wide receivers did a great job blocking to spring me,” said Lints, who finished with 200 yards rushing on 10 carries.
“We saw things in the St. Luke’s game film against Kingswood-Oxford. Their defense seemed open to the quarterback counter play,” said King’s veteran coach Dan Gouin. “You have to take what the defense gives you.”
It has been a trying season for St. Luke’s (1-7). The Storm has played with greatly depleted roster numbers due to a rash of injuries. And they have been hurt most at the skill positions.
“We’re graduating 12 seniors from the team today. They leave with heavy hearts,” St. Luke’s coach Noel Thomas Sr. “It’s been a tough year but I have such love in my heart for all these kids. We didn’t show our best effort today. All we can do is go back to work in the off-season and try to turn it around next year.”
The inexperience of St. Luke’s showed as the King defense collected four fumbles, three interceptions and a safety on the sunny but cold afternoon.
“Our defense works so hard. This could be the least amount of points (75 in eight wins; 35 in loss to Hamden Hall) a defense has allowed in a season during my tenure here,” Gouin said. “Our linebacking corps is so hard to beat.”
And now, King can look forward to putting a huge ribbon on a magical campaign. It could be King’s first NEPSAC appearence since 2012 when they lost to St. Sebastian’s of Massachusetts.
KING 36, ST. LUKE’S 0
KING 6 22 6 2—36
ST. LUKE’S 0 0 0 0—0
K—Renn Lints 45 run (kick failed)
K—Kelly Gouin 2 run (kick failed)
K—Lints 34 run (Henry pass from Lints)
K—Lints 70 run (Lints run)
K—A.J. Greene 8 pass from Lints (kick failed)
K-safety. StL QB tackled in end zone.
Records: King 8-1, 5-1 FAA; St. Luke’s 1-7 overall.