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King: Spring football capsule

Around the county in 30 days

A daily spring preview of every football program in the county.

King

Coach: Alvin Davis (first season at King; 68-108 in 16 years at Gibbs)

Last season: 2-8 (0-3 in district)

District: Class 5A-6 (Alonso, Chamberlain, Sickles)

Key losses: LB/RB Mike Jones, DL/OL Joseph Level, DB/WR Jerrel Livingston, LB Derwin Reeves, K/P Daniel Zychlinski

Who's back: FB/LB Tavis Campbell, RB/FB Donovan Celerin, WR Keith Graham, FB/DL Rodney Pugh, TE/DE Travis Simmons, OL Corey Stultz, QB/WR Reese Sturgis, RB/MLB C.B. Wooten

What's new: After a year away from the game, Davis, a 34-year coaching veteran, wanted back onto the sideline and will try to rebuild a King program that's usually high on talent but unsuccessful with results. In taking over for Earl Garcia III, Davis intends to run the spread offense to take advantage of the speed at the skill positions and compensate for an undersized offensive line. He wants to get the ball into the hands of his quickest players in the open field, so he moved Graham from quarterback to receiver. He has a stable of good running backs that includes Celerin, who ran for 445 yards last season. Davis said he will split the plays equally between the run and the pass. … Davis says there will be a dramatic change in attitude. He is sending many players to summer camps so they can compete and gain confidence. Thirteen players sat out the spring game with bad grades or by missing practice.

Audible: "I think in the past, kids at King High School wanted to play the game of football, but they didn't want to learn the game of football. I'm here to teach. I want to put the best group of assistant coaches out there. We're not going to be yelling and screaming. We're going to show these kids the right way to do things." — Davis

Did you know? Celerin is one of the school's top International Baccalaureate students and is receiving interest from Ivy League schools such as Yale and Princeton.

Spring result

Freedom

beat King 8-0

2008 schedule

Aug. 29 vs. East Bay (preseason)

Sept. 5 at Lennard

Sept. 12 at

Brandon

Sept. 19 vs. Bloomingdale

Sept. 26 at Durant

Oct. 10 vs. Alonso

Oct. 16 vs.

Robinson

Oct. 24 at Sickles

Oct. 31 vs. Leto

Nov. 7 at

Chamberlain

Nov. 14 at

Tampa Bay Tech

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

King: Spring football capsule 05/28/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 3:16pm]
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