Knights laying solid foundation | Football

By David Pan | Aug 09, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan King’s Luke Bobin rambles through the secondary  during a scrimmage at Woolsey Stadium.

The King’s football team appears to have the building blocks for another solid season even after the departure of strong senior class.

Knights coach Jim Shapiro described the summer as productive with the returning players adapting to new roles.

“We graduated a large talented class,” Shapiro said. “With any program, the big question is how are you going to replace them? I’ve been extremely happy.”

The Knights spend the first part of the summer holding team practices and wrapped up the formal part of their offseason by hosting their annual team camp at Woolsey Stadium.

“We competed well against some larger talented schools,” Shapiro said.

The graduation of starting quarterback Brennon Blevins means a new face will be directing the offense.

That new face actually won’t be that new since incoming juniors Luke Marion and Casey Needham both saw action last season when Blevins was sidelined with an injury.

Marion started against Archbishop Murphy and played well, but then he got knocked out by the Wildcats and was replaced by Blevins. The senior quarterback also was roughed up and Needham finished the contest.

Shapiro and his staff have some time before they have to make a decision on which quarterback to name as the starter. The Knights, who are one of six teams in the new North Sound Conference, have five non-league games to start the season.

“Both kids are similar. Obviously, they are juniors,” Shapiro said. “Both can throw the ball well. Casey is a little more of a runner. Luke is more of a pocket passer. Both have the ability to do both.”

The Knights likely won’t make a final decision on a starter for a while.

“We’re not in a huge hurry,” Shapiro said. “Both are doing really well. … We’ll let them have equal time. We don’t have a final plan. It’s a nice problem to have.”

Marion and Needham also will be lining up on defense.

The King’s line took a hit with the graduation of Taylor Schoenfeld, a first-team, all-league offensive and defensive standout. But junior Colin Hamilton, a 6-foot-7, 270-pound lineman, already is garnering attention as one of the top prospects in the region.

Shapiro expects the Knights to have one of their biggest offensive lines in years.

King’s has plenty of options with its skill players with speedy senior running backs Michael Bicknell and Ben Haberman. Senior wide receivers Jacob Gaenz, Max Lane and Noah Welch anchor a talented wide receiver corps.

A new addition to the Knights is basketball standout Luke Bobin, who is projected as a wide receiver. At 6-5, Bobin should be able to use his height to his advantage.

“We have good senior leadership both in the backfield and with our skill positions,” Shapiro said.

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