PREVIEW 2014: Penn Kingsmen
The Kingsmen rolled the regular season going unscathed in route to capturing sectional and regional titles. The season ended with a 28-13 loss to Carmel in the semi state. Coach Cory Yeoman has seven starters back on offense and four on defense.
Hard to pick one on such as balanced team. I will go with center/long snapper Ben Makowski. The 6-2 260 pounder is a Purdue verbal.
Junior Camden Bohn will replace Zach Oakley (Central Michigan) at quarterback. The 6-4 205 junior will need to be stellar if Penn is to reach their goal.
Again hard to pin point just one but hard to argue with 6-7 230 junior TE/OT Ben Knutson.
SCOUTING THE: KINGSMEN POSITION BY POSITION
Bohn will have big shoes to replace in Oakley who was phenomenal at running and throwing the ball.
Leading rusher Tyler Carpenter returns at running back. Senior Tim Pletcher and junior Austin Laughman will contend for the spot with Carpenter.
I am not sure you will find a better tight end duo than Inoke Moala and Knutson. Senior Nate Miller and Brice Voorde are top WR candidates.
This is annually a strength on this team. This season will be no exception as Makowski is back at center with Mammoth senior RT Payne McCaskill (6-6 305), senior LT Ridge Tarwicki, and junior RG Max Bernard. Juniors Andrew Donati, Anthony Lovisa, Luke Vaughters and Payton Reynolds also will battle for starting spots along with sophomore Mike Dhuivetter.
Senior end Sam Hendershot and junior tackle Kobe Woods leads the defensive front wall. Junior Andrew Claeys will battle seniors TaQuil Cleveland, Lim Lehman and Lucas Keiser for playing time.
Senior ILB Kyle Treber, who led the Kingsmen in tackles last season, is an IFCA all stater leads the KIngsmen defense. Senior Chase Osborn returns as well. Others who look to step as starters for Penn in their 4-4 defense are Lucas Keiser, Letrae Minner, Joe Mammolenti and Joe Martorano.
This area will be the least experienced squad on the team with all starters lost to graduation. Senior Joe Boone and junior Denzyl Prentice are top options at corner with Jacob Parmater at safety.
The Kingsmen should again fly through the regular season. The play at quarterback and consistency in the secondary will be key.