Friday, October 22, 1999

Boone back has big gains, little to say

Enquirer contributor

        Getting Boone County junior tailback/linebacker Timmy King to talk about what he does on the football field is harder than stopping him during the game.

        A separated shoulder the opening week of the season kept King on the sidelines for most of the first three games, but he has a season's worth of yardage since. He has 1,063 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns for the season — including 979 yards and 13 TDs the last four weeks.

        It's just that King doesn't want the attention he's receiving.

        “It kind of gets to me,” King said. “I didn't think I'd be able to (have this success). I haven't been playing defense as much.”

        His teammates respect his desire to keep quiet.

        “He just wants to play football, which is the way it should be,” senior fullback Brian Ferayorni said.

        Here's how King has recently become the highlight in the Rebels' 3-5 season: He gained 330 yards and scored three times against Scott County; 244 and five TDs against Campbell County; 240 and four against Lexington Henry Clay; and 165 and one against Lexington Bryan Station.

        “The line blocked really well,” King said. “They got me the yards. I just had to run the ball.”

        King is so impressive, Boone County coach Rick Thompson has started comparing him to former Rebel star and Heisman Trophy hopeful Shaun Alexander of Alabama.

        “I don't know that we've had a tailback as physically strong as (King),” Thompson said. “That includes Shaun. Shaun was only 17 when he left.”

        The 5-foot-11, 190-pound King said he can bench-press 350 pounds, but he won't liken himself to Alexander.

        “Not right now,” he said.

        King said he prefers to run straight ahead when carrying the ball or hitting a opponent, but that strategy cost him on the first play of a season-opening loss to Covington Catholic.

        “I took on the fullback,” he said. “I must have hit my shoulder the wrong way. I stayed in a couple more plays. I couldn't take (the pain) anymore.”

        King missed Boone County's losses to Elder and La Salle, but he gained 84 yards and scored a touchdown in his return Sept. 17 at Conner.

        Then, Scott County.

        “The holes were huge,” King said. “You (get) a hole, and all you see is grass.”

        King said racking up the five TDs and 244 yards on Campbell County was revenge enough because the Camels knocked Boone County out of the Class AAAA playoffs last year. He doesn't remember much about the Henry Clay and Bryan Station games because of the mistakes the team made against the Blue Devils and his three fumbles against the Defenders.

        King's shoulder is mostly healed. He said it's sore when he wakes up Saturday mornings after games, but by mid-week the pain disappears.

        It's sore enough to prevent him from playing much on defense, where has been a highly touted linebacker.

        Boone County stands in third place in its district going into tonight's home game against Ryle, and the Rebels have to win out to assure a postseason spot.

        King, meanwhile, intends to enjoy himself — with as little notice as possible.

        “It's fun to go and hit somebody and not get in trouble,” he said. “As soon as I put on that helmet, I turn into a different person.”


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