Holiday Issue: 2016
Knights strong on Best-Of-ECC list
This season, the Kings Varsity football team boasts 13 ECC All-Conference athletes and one honorable mention — including one Player of the Year in senior quarterback Tyler Knecht.
First Team: Tyler Knecht (QB), Matt Sichterman (OL), Dan Sichterman (DL), Tommy Bauman (TE), Raymond Potter (LB), and Grant Coleman (DB).
Second Team: Sam Burgin (OL), Hunter Jessee (WR), Alek Kwasniewski (LB), Jake Stylski (RB), Justin Wise (WR), and Ethan Young (LB).
Honorable Mention: Avery Roe (LB).
As well as receiving First Team honors, senior quarterback Tyler Knecht was also Co-Offensive Player of the Year. Knecht is ending a strong career at Kings, and said he is still looking into colleges. He would like to play quarterback at the college level.
Regarding his ECC award, Knecht takes the accolades in stride.
“You don’t come out to practice and play these games for awards you know?” he said. ”You play to win and you play for the guys next to you.”
Coach Andy Olds reflected this attitude, praising all of his players’ work ethics.
“We’ve never had a group of guys so willing to put work in and it really showed when you look at our team. 13 All-Conference dudes is a lot for any season,” Olds said.
The Knights performed well this season, with 8 wins and 3 losses and an appearance in the state tournament. Individual players reflected this strong season with a consistent showing in every category the ECC’s recognizes.
–Senior Grant Coleman led all of Ohio in interceptions when the Knight’s season ended with 9.
–Senior QB Tyler Knecht threw for 2200 yards and ran for 649 accounting for 37 total touchdowns.
–Sophomore Running Back Jake Stylski ran for 803 yards for 4th overall in the conference.
–Senior Defensive Tackle Dan Sichterman finished the season with 13 sacks and has committed to Iowa State to continue his career.
–Junior Receiver Tommy Bauman had 484 receiving yards to finish 5th in the ECC.
By Nick Coniglio