By Greg Shoemaker
A standing-room only crowd at Loveland Tiger Stadium saw the home team remain unbeaten in a dominant win over Kings, 49-0 on Friday from start to finish.
Loveland (5-0, 2-0) amassed 579 total yards. The Tigers defense recorded their first shutout of the year as they sacked Knights quarterbacks eight times.
Loveland running back Nate Slagel put up 161 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries including a beautiful 96-yard run before halftime. The junior finished with 174 yards on the ground raising his season totals to 926 yards and 13 scores at the midway point.
Sophomore quarterback Drew Plitt threw for 200 yards with two scoring tosses. He came into the game with just 57 yards through the air on the year. Giovanni Ricci and Evan Deever hauled touchdown receptions from Plitt.
Freshman running back Luke Waddell had two rushing touchdowns.
The Tigers defense continued its tenacity. Charlie Lawler registered a career high three sacks. The senior has had at least half a sack sacks in 12 of his last 13 starts.
Jake Junod and Mike Weber each had 1½ sacks. Loveland now has 28½ sacks on the year.
One bright spot for Kings (3-2, 1-1) was the play of Jamison Williams who had four receptions for a career high 140 yards in the defeat. Ray Brewster had two third quarter interceptions for the Kings defense which helped slow down Loveland after intermission.
Loveland will head to red hot Anderson (3-2, 2-0) next Friday night. The Tigers will be tested hard the next two weeks as undefeated Winton Woods looms in two weeks. Kings will look to regroup as they host Walnut Hills (2-3, 0-1).