Preseason Outlook Kings High School

A stone throws away from Kings Island; Andy Olds has built a football program fans find just as exciting as a day at the amusement park. Here is BCI's look at Kings High School.

Head Coach: Andy Olds 10TH Season




The Kings Knights have seen a lot of success in the previous nine seasons.  The Knights have been the Cardinal Division Champions 7 of the last 9 years and have played in the Division II playoffs 5 of those years.  The Knights have posted a 75 – 15 regular season record and have gone 5 – 5 in the playoffs during those years. 


For 2007 they post a strong core of returning lettermen that should help them challenge for the Cardinal Division Championship along with 2006 Champion Turpin High School.  The program returns 20 seniors and 32 juniors this season and for the first time in many years no sophomores are being counted on to start although some may see significant minutes.  The other teams that make up the Cardinal Division are Amelia, Little Miami, Wilmington and Walnut Hills.


With success have come college recruiters to their Kings Mills Campus.  Ohio University Head Coach Frank Solich held a satellite Football Camp at Kings this summer and the school hosted 160 athletes.


Players to Watch:  Senior TE/DE Danny Hagee (6'5", 230 lbs) is currently being recruited by Ohio University, and Ivy League Schools (Danny is on pace to be the class Valedictorian).  Danny will be playing his best position this year (TE) after playing OT last year.  Danny also attended Indiana University's Junior Day as a DE prospect and was also named 1-st Team FAVC as a basketball player.  QB Bruce Ernest (6'2", 178 lbs) has an offer from the US Air Force Academy.  Bruce passed for 1,400 yards through 7 games in 2006 prior to being injured.  Junior Safety and Slot Receiver Nick Bauer (5'10", 180 lbs) should have a good year and Connor Warye rushed for 1,500 yards last season.  Junior TE and back up QB Chip Barkett (6'4", 200lbs) will see time at TE in 2 TE formations.


Offense:  The Knights run a multiple set pro-style offense.  The offense features a two back set behind QB Bruce Ernest.  The Knights will feature Senior RBs Nick Baeur (1,500 yard rusher 2006) and Taj McCall.  Kings rolled to 301 points in 2006 (tied for 4-th in the FAVC).  The Knights return 7 starters to their offensive unit.


Defense:  The Knights run a 4 – 3 base defensive set with a cover 2 shell.  The defense allowed only 100 points in 2006 which was the lowest points allowed in the entire 18 team Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC).  The Knights return 5 defensive starters.


Challenges:  The schedule makers haven't done the Knights any favors this season.  The Knights open the season on the road against Edgewood which was a DII play off team that eventually lost to state semifinalist Turpin.  Despite going 8 – 2 last season with losses only to Harrison and state semifinalist Turpin there is little room for error.  Turpin is at home later in the season for what could decide the Cardinal Division Champion.


Knight Football Alums at Cincinnati:  Collin McCafferty is a Red-shirt Freshman at Cincinnati looking to earn a spot on Special Teams this year for the Bearcats.  Collin was a 1-st team D II player for Kings at LB.  Collin was a two way player for the Knights and also rushed for over 1,200 yards and 22 touchdowns.  He is currently working with Coach Tim Hinton and the Bearcat Linebackers.


2007 Schedule


Pre Season


7 on 7 Football versus Indian Hill, July 24 at 6:00 PM at Kings High School


July 25 Dublin Coffman (Scrimmage) Capitol University Columbus, OH


Aug 24

at Edgewood   

8:00 PM  

Aug 31

at Talawanda   

7:30 PM  

Sep 7

at Springboro   

7:30 PM  

Sep 14


7:30 PM  

Sep 21

at Mount Healthy   

7:30 PM  

Sep 28


7:30 PM  

Oct 4


7:30 PM  

Oct 12

at Wilmington   

7:30 PM  

Oct 19

at Little Miami   

7:30 PM  

Oct 26

Walnut Hills   

7:30 PM 

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