Kings Mills Kings made the playoffs with the No. 7 seed in Region 8 last year, and the Knights gave eventual state champion
Cincinnati Anderson a tough game in the first round in a 14-6 loss. Making the postseason and winning the FAVC are again the goals.
“We have won our conference seven out of 10 years but have not won it
in the last two so we are very hungry to get back on track,” head coach
Andy Olds said.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
WR/QB/RS Derrick Harris (6-1, 190, Sr.), RB/OLB Nick Bauer (5-11, 190, Sr.), DL Mike Kidder (5-11, 245, Sr.), PK Zac Murphy (6-3, 180, Sr.), WR/OLB Chris Gant (6-4, 195, Sr.), C/DE Andrew Winebrenner (6-3, 220, Sr.), QB Chip Barkett (6-4, 210, Sr.).
2007 Record: 8-3, Regional quarterfinalists
Kings Mills Kings made the playoffs with the No. 7 seed in Division II, Region 8 last year, and the Knights gave eventual state champion Cincinnati Anderson a tough game in the first round in a 14-6 loss.
“We have won our conference seven out of 10 years but have not won it in the last two so we are very hungry to get back on track,” head coach Andy Olds said.
Harris was named first-team all-district as a return return specialist (26 yards per return, 3 TDs). He added 32 receptions for 541 yards.
Bauer was a starting defensive back last year, but will be the main ball carrier this season. He will also move to OLB on defense.
“He will be one of workhorses in the backfield while he moves from safety to OLB to upgrade our overall speed with the front seven,” Olds said.
Kidder is a two-time all-conference selection and has great quickness for a lineman.
“He could be defensive player of the year in our conference,” Olds said.
Murphy is a talented specialist who had 17 touchbacks in 2007 and averaged 33 yards per punt. He has Division I college potential according to Olds.
Gant is a returning two-way starter and was the team’s second-leading receiver last year.
Winebrenner is coming off a “great year” at center and will play more defense this year.
Barkett was 20-0 as the junior varsity quarterback the past two seasons. He will likely be the starting quarterback with Harris also seeing some snaps here and there.
“Chip is not as mobile as Derrick, but he has a stronger arm and has more under-center experience,” Olds said.
In terms of the schedule, Olds knows getting back to the playoffs won’t be an easy road.
“Our pre-conference schedule is as tough as it has ever been with Harrision, Winton Woods, Loveland, Springboro, and Talawanda,” he said.
And if Kings qualifies for the playoffs, Region 8 is always loaded with strong teams.
“Once again, Winton Woods will be a very good measuring stick for us,” Olds said. “But if we can survive, stay healthy and squeak in the playoffs, we will be battled-tested and ready fro the next level of competition.”
9/19 Winton Woods
10/17 Little Miami
10/24 @Walnut Hills