King’s rises to the challenge at annual team camp | Football

New players ready to step into starting roles for Knights
By David Pan | Jul 07, 2017
Photo by: David Pan King’s Logan Perrigo runs with the ball after catching a pass during the Knights’ annual team camp at Woolsey Stadium.

King’s coach Jim Shapiro had some serious questions about his football team as it headed into last week’s annual team camp at the Woolsey Stadium.

Shapiro was eager to see how mentally and physically tough his group would be going up against larger schools, such as Jackson and Kamiak.

“It was kind of like boot camp,” Shapiro said. “They proved to be mentally tough. They were physically tough. … I’m very happy with the first signs of what the 2017 team looks like.”

The Knights graduated some of the top athletes in the league, including running back Caleb Perry, quarterback Jack Van Dyke, running back Andrew Cline, lineman Jordan Burett and wide receiver Luke Wicks, all of whom earned all-Cascade Conference recognition.

Replacing key players is something Shapiro, who is in his 24th year of coaching, is used to doing every season.

“It’s fun to watch kids, who last year were freshmen or sophomores, just grow up,” he said.

A number of players in the Knights’ junior class have grown and stepped up their level of play at camp.

“The young guys know what it takes to replace the older kids,” Shapiro said.

King’s overall numbers are steady with a turnout of 52 players. The freshman class is one of the school’s larger in recent memory.

“The future is very bright,” said Shapiro, adding that the junior high program also has good numbers.

The departure of Van Dyke means the Knights are looking for a new signal caller. Senior-to-be Brennon Blevins, who earned all-league wide receiver honors, competed at quarterback with Van Dyke last season and started about half of the games.

Four other quarterbacks are vying for playing time, including sophomores Luke Marion and Casey Needham.

“Brennon is an athletic runner. He’s a good roll-out passer,” Shapiro said. “Luke and Casey are better pocket passers. But they’re young.”

Any coach, Shapiro said, is happy to have three stellar candidates battling to start at quarterback.

“If a kid doesn’t make it at quarterback, you’ll see him somewhere else on the field,” Shapiro added.

No one player is going to be replacing Perry, who is headed to Washington State, but the Knights do have players who are ready to contribute.

Senior Camden Hauck is a 200-pounder with good speed. Senior Logan Perrigo is a returning starter at linebacker, who could see more time at running back. Junior Ben Haberman, who suffered a broken collarbone at team camp last year, is another strong, fast running back and linebacker.

“It’s nice to have multiple kids in the backfield who can carry the load,” Shapiro said.

Senior Taylor Schoenfeld, a 6-foot-2, 270-pounder, anchors the line. Shapiro expects Schoenfeld will draw a lot of attention from colleges. He’ll be joined by a number of different players, many of whom are switching positions.

“We’re moving some of the better athletes,” Shapiro said. “We’ve moved the tight end to tackle, a linebacker to guard. … It’ll be a tall athletic group on the line. A lot of them are first-year offensive line guys. They did a great job at camp. They are athletic and smart.”

The Knights bring back the most experience at wide receiver and in its secondary and linebacker corps.

“They are a very mature group,” Shapiro said. “They definitely are our strength.”

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