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WHAT ARE THE LIONS DOING?

Hitting the books (with a daily mandatory study hall), spreading their offense and trying to sneak up on their district foes.

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Networking

What they're saying about the Lions

Coach Al Davis "You take those three (district foes), they're looking at King to be the weakest link. We want them to take that week off thinking like that."

Coach Al Davis "We're going to be very competitive, we're going to be very physical and we're going to go out there and try to win every ball game."

Blake coach Harry Hubbard "I know that Coach Davis ... is going to have them well prepared. I'm pretty sure, going into their second year, they're still in a rebuilding stage so they should be better than they were last year."

LB Carlos Wooten "Coach don't play no games. He wants you to get your books first before anything. We spend maybe an hour and a half in (study hall)."

WR Reese Sturgis "We've got a point to prove."

FridayNightRewind Davis seems to be restoring pride and academic accountability at King, but the Lions remain too undersized and understaffed to contend in 4A-9.

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Tweet and sour

Why the Lions will make the playoffs

Will Win If They shock Armwood (which faces Plant the week before), and somehow upend East Bay or Hillsborough. Even then, playoffs are no guarantee.

Why the Lions may not make the playoffs

Will Lose If Their offensive line - and roster - remains too thin. For all their heart and heady play, the Lions have too many kids going both ways.

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Additional charactersA few Lions we'll be following on Fridays

OL/LB John Marley An Ivy League prospect with a 5.8 GPA, Marley will anchor a solid Lions linebacker corps

WR Reese Sturgis The Lions' most exciting player will take snaps when King goes to a "wildcat" formation

DT/OL Chioke MarshallThis senior is King's biggest (6-0, 225 pounds) and probably best offensive lineman

DT Darrell Baker A Chamberlain transfer who should have an immediate impact

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