Saturday, October 23, 1999


Kings wins FAVC Cardinal title

Enquirer contributor

        Kings' 42-21 win at Loveland on Friday night made the question of how the game was won secondary. The larger question was: How did a team that lost 16 starters from a year ago become an undefeated champion in the first year for the Fort Ancient Valley Conference's Cardinal division?

        “When I moved here in the seventh grade, I saw all the individuals on my team, but I had never learned to set goals that high,” Kings senior defensive end Ronnie Swearingin said. “But if you play with winners, you learn to set your goals high. You can't ask more than these guys have given.”

        Kings (8-1, 7-0 FAVC), ranked third in Divisions II-VI in the Enquirer coaches poll, wrapped up only the second outright FAVC title in school history, extended the longest winning streak in school history to eight games and put a hammer lock on its first playoff appearance. “They are more athletic at every position,” Loveland coach Chuck Warden said of Kings. “We feel fortunate if we have athletes at certain positions and we can fill in around them. They have athletes at every position.”

        Loveland got Kings' attention when it put up a TD on the fifth play of the game. Quarterback Phil Deis hit Paul Reisenberg on a slant that broke open for a 70-yard TD.

        King dominated the rest of the first half. Kings had only 147 yards at half but made them count. The Knights put together a 12-play, 65-yard scoring drive that cov ered most of the rest of the first quarter, then added a 13-play, 80-yard scoring drive in the second quarter.

        In between the long drives came the half's biggest play. With 1:18 left in the first quarter, Kings' Jeff Williamson broke free to block a punt by Loveland's Steve Ball at the Loveland 15. Two plays later, Justin Dranschak hit Alec Bikis on a 9-yard TD pass that broke a 7-7 tie and gave Kings an upper hand it didn't lose.

        “This team has been unbelievable,” Swearingin said as his teammates celebrated around him. “We've had young guys stepping up into varsity roles, and that's because of Coach (Andy Olds). He's done a tremendous job with us, and I love him as a coach and as an individual.”

        Kings ....... 14  7  14  7  —42

        Loveland ....... 7  0  7  7  —21

        L—Reisenberg 70 pass from Deis (Ball kick)

        K—Roberts 5 run (Wilders kick)

        K—Bikis 9 pass from Dranschak (Wilders kick)

        K—Bikis 12 pass from Dranschak (Wilders kick)

        K—Hurley 3 run (Wilders kick)

        K—Robertson 13 run (Wilders kick)

        L—Gambill 61 run (Ball kick)

        K—Hurley 8 run (Wilders kick)

        L—Gamble 28 pass from Deis (Ball kick)

        Records: K (8-1, 6-0 FAVC), L (3-6, 2-4 FAVC)


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