Knights retool offensive line | Football

Blevins or Marion to take over at QB
By David Pan | Aug 31, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan King’s senior Logan Perrigo reaches for the ball at practice.

Heading into the offseason, one of the biggest questions facing the King’s football team was how the offensive line was shaping up.

The Knights returned only one starter in first-team, all-Cascade Conference lineman Taylor Schoenfeld.

Coach Jim Shapiro and his staff spent the offseason evaluating talent and shifting personnel in order to construct the line.

The end result is a group of players who Schoenfeld is feeling upbeat about, as the season kicks off this week.

“It’s actually been really, really good,” the 6-foot-2 270-pound standout said. “Every other guy that’s on the 1s (starting) right now played wide receiver or tight end last year. We’ve got a couple of guys really coming along.”

Joining Schoenfeld are junior Jakob Renneke, junior Avery Hamann and senior Jerad Stretton, all of whom put in the hours in the weight room to bulk up, according to Schoenfeld.

“We’re a really tight knit group and we’re ready to get stuff done this year,” he said.

Senior running back Logan Perrigo has confidence in his teammates.

“I have no doubt that our line is going to be dominant,” he said.

Even though the line is composed of former wide receivers and tight ends, the Knights aren’t losing much size.

“They’re all big boys and they’ve been working hard to build on the solid frame this offseason,” Schoenfeld said. “They’re all athletic because they come from positions where they needed a lot of speed. I think we’ll be really athletic and maybe a little bit smaller than last year. But really it’s not that much. We can still move bodies out.”

Shapiro is glad to have a player such as Schoenfeld to build a line around.

“We’ve got a kid who is a high-level, high-caliber player,” Shapiro said.

Graduation also impacted King’s skill positions with openings at quarterback, running back and wide receiver.

Senior Brennon Blevins and sophomore Luke Marion were battling it out for the starting quarterback position. Shapiro and his staff had yet to make their decision as of Monday and the King’s coach indicated that they likely would make the call on Thursday or even possibly on game day.

“I can’t remember in 24 years having a competition like this,” he said. “They are so close. It’s a healthy competition.”

Blevins brings not only a strong arm but the ability to run the ball.

Marion is more of a pocket passer.

While the offense has seen either an influx of new faces or players switching positions, the defense brings back nine seniors and two juniors.

The secondary returns seniors Atley Shapiro, the coach’s son, Jace Fransen, Chase Root and Jonathan Chen. With Perrigo and Stretton at linebacker and Schoenfeld, Stretton, Hamann and Camden Houck on the line, the expectations are high.

“I don’t really see any dropoff on the defense at all,” Schoenfeld said. “That’s going to be our calling card. That’s going to be what we do, what we lean on to win games.”

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