2006 Record: 8-2
Kings barely missed the playoffs last season, finishing ninth in Division II, Region 8 with an 8-2 record. This year, head coach Andy Olds and crew will look to get over the hump and get back to the postseason.
One of the reasons the Knights did not qualify for the playoffs last year might have been that starting quarterback Bruce Ernest (6-2, 185, Sr.) was lost for the season with an injury in week seven. Ernest passed for 1,500 yards last year and returns this season.
Also returning to lead the offense is running back Connor Warye (6-0, 195) who rushed for over 1,500 yards last year. Warye is a tough customer with speed and he will also suit up at linebacker.
“Our goals start with winning our conference,” Olds said. “Turpin is in our league and if we want postseason play, we’ll need to beat Turpin. We have strong senior and junior classes and we have 13 returning starters.”
Region 8 champion Turpin beat visiting Kings 24-7 last year in the game Ernest was injured. This year, Kings gets Turpin at home in week seven and will look to turn the tables on the team many expect to win the region once again.
In addition to Ernest and Warye, the Knights will be led by TE/DE Danny Hagee (6-5, 235, Sr.) and WR/DB Brian Denn (5-11, 185, Sr.).
“We feel if we stay healthy and stay focused, we have a team that can achieve its goals,” Olds said.
Kings gets a good measuring stick right away as its hosts Trenton Edgewood in week one. Edgewood was the No. 1 seed in the Region 8 playoff bracket and the teams did not play last season.
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|8/31/2007||@ Oxford Talawanda||II|
|9/21/2007||@ Cincinnati Mount Healthy||II|
|10/19/2007||@ Morrow Little Miami||II|
|10/26/2007||Cincinnati Walnut Hills||II|