Senior leadership key for Knights
The Kings Football team has been ready to get back on the field since the heartbreaking loss to Mt. Healthy last November in the OHSAA Regional Semifinals.
After losing seniors such as defensive standouts Kyle Handorf and Tommy Bruns, as well as running back Deandre Barnett, Coach Olds was somewhat at a loss in the offseason.
“Before the preseason workouts, we didn’t know anything, but as we got into the summer, you could see that this is a Senior-led, Senior-driven team,” Olds says. “We have Seniors like Johnny Bolon who are ready and hungry and ready to get out there. We had no clue how well Mike (Kenney) would be after coming off of his knee injury. He’s been doing great at running back and when you put him and Avery Koller together, we may even be better at the running back position than we were last year.”
The Knights went 10-0 in the 2014-15 regular season and will have to go through some tough competition if they are going to do it again this year. They will travel to Loveland on Sept. 24 to play a Loveland team that won the State Championship just two years ago. They will also play at home against Glen Este on Oct. 23 in a game that many believe will determine the ECC Champion.
“We are ready, but our focus has been to just take it one game at a time,” Senior Captain Jared Dorsa noted. “We aren’t worried about playing time or if we are touching the ball. We are all in the same boat, trying to win and be a great football team. We aren’t Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores, or Freshman. we are Kings Football.”
After their 42-6 victory over Xenia on Friday at the Castle, the Knights have won 148 games since Coach Olds has been at the helm. That means that by Sept. 18 the Knights could achieve their 150th win under Coach Olds.
“That is a big milestone,” Olds exclaimed. “I can’t wait to be able share it with my guys.”
Coach Olds stressed that this season isn’t just about winning though.
“What I care about most though, is how well their doing in the classroom, what they’re doing outside of football. I care about their lives,” says Olds.
“The thing I love about Kings is that it’s not just the players who get excited about the season. It’s the teachers and the families and the whole community. We go out there and play in front of a crowd of hundreds of people passionate about the Kings District and about Kings Football, and you just don’t see that everywhere.”
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