The King's Academy football team has been waiting for game action ever since the final second ticked off the clock in last year's Class 3A State Championship game*. They may have fallen just short in their first ever state title game, but they woke the football 'Lion' at The King's Academy.
The Lions were back to work bright and early on Monday morning, the first day Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast schools were allowed to practice on the football field, and start preparing for the 2019 season. It's been months of weight training and conditioning, and talking about how this team, who's lost nearly one third of last year's core to graduation, can get back to the state title game.
"The success last year was last year's success," says head coach Keith Allen. "The success yesterday was yesterday's success. We have to go out and earn it today.
But they'll have to learn to 'pay the rent' without quarterback Justin Wake, who threw for nearly 2,500 yards, 27 passing touchdowns and rushed for another 10. It's big shoes for new quarterback James Dailey to step into
'Everyone talks about last year's seniors," says Dailey, who trasferred over from Dwyer. "They were great, and they really led us and taught us the ways, but now it's our turn."
"This year's team is a lot different than last year's team," admits senior wide receiver Isaac Scroggins. "But we have a lot of confidence this year, and I think we're going to have a really good season."
"They (often) hear it was a fluke, it was a one hit wonder type of thing," says Allen. "So they have a chip on their shoulder, and I believe when you have a chip on your shoulder and you use it the right way, it's going to spur these kids on to do great things."