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Allen, who is an English teacher at Mill Creek Middle School, is well aware of the program's history. And while he's unable to re write the previous decade, he looks to the immediate future with his eyes wide open, a mix of optimism and reality.
The Royals always have had talent. It was also during that time (1995) that the Royals last made the playoffs.
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Outlook: Kent Meridian has the tools to move up in the SPSL North this year. But to do so the Royals will have to learn the spread offense inside and out in a hurry. Jones will be leaned upon heavily in the offense while Hoffman Bradley could emerge as one of the North's top wide receivers. Meanwhile, will have to find a replacement for running back BJ Arceneaux, who led the Royals with 599 rushing yards last year. Arceneaux recently moved into the Kentwood boundary. Kobe Nike Id 11
That being the case, a legitimate opportunity to move up the ranks awaits K M.
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"I know you've heard it before, but we're doing what we can to change the mindset here. That's one of our goals," said Allen, who was a wide receivers coach at K M from 2001 2004 before moving on to Auburn Mountainview. "One thing we're doing to change the mindset is with consistency."
"It's all about us getting off to a good start and staying healthy," Allen said.
Jones' motivation is simple. He's flat out tired of losing. K M has won just 15 games since 2000.
"I want to change things around," said Jones, who is leaning toward Oregon as his preferred college. "K M has been under the bus for almost a decade. I want to be able to come back (to the school) one day and say, 'I started the turnaround.'"
Editor's Note: Today's preview of the Kent Meridian football team is the first in a four part, four school series. The Kent Reporter will follow in the coming days with previews on football teams from Kentwood, Kentlake and Kentridge.
Offensive returners: David Jones, sr., QB, 6 0, 190; Davontae Hoffman, sr., WR, 6 0, 180; Brandon Harris, sr., WR, 6 2, 175; Boogie Yuhashi, jr., OL, 6 2, 240.
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"In our offense, the quarterback is what makes everything go. The smarter he is, the better he is going to be," Allen said. "David is now asking for DVDs of the scrimmages of practice."
That optimism stems from a group of returners quarterback David Jones, linebacker Joseph Mose, and wide receiver Davontae Hoffman Bradley among others who are as good as any in the league.
"You can't sleep at night when you're playing Jones," said Kentridge coach Marty Osborn. on Saturday (Sept. 4) at French Field in its season opener. After that, the Royals will be in for eight straight weeks against its SPSL North counterparts. While Auburn remains the unanimous choice to win the league crown, slots 2 through 9 remain very much up in the air.
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And, though Allen is plenty optimistic, it comes with a certain level of caution as he fully understands that each coach who has come before him has uttered essentially the same phrase.
The reality of the situation, however, is the fact that no school in the South Puget Sound League North Division is as transient as Kent Meridian, which can make getting an entire football team on the same page a laborious, sometimes impossible task.
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dash in 11 seconds, Jones ranked seventh in the entire SPSL last year with 1,276 yards, all the while missing three games. He possesses a gifted arm and speed that gives opposing defenses nightmares.
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In addition, shoring up the defense, particularly against the run, will be critical to the Royals' success. K M allowed an SPSL North high 41.9 Nike Green Hypervenom
Type of offense: Spread.
That task, however, has been eased by the leadership of Jones, an NCAA Division I prospect who currently is being courted by the Oregon, Washington, Washington State and Portland State, among others. One of the most athletic players in the SPSL North, Jones has taken it upon himself during the summer to learn Allen's new spread offense by studying 2 3 hours of practice and game film each day.
Defensive returners: David Jones, sr., CB, 6 0, 190; Mustaf Omar, sr., safety, 5 6, 160; Joseph Mose, sr., LB, 6 0, 195; Davontae Hoffman, sr., safety, 6 0, 180; Boogie Yuhashi, jr., DL, 6 2, 240.
Last year: 0 8 in league, 9th in SPSL North, 1 9 overall.
Brett Allen has heard it time and time again. So much, in fact, that it sometimes seems as though it has become an annual rite of passage for first year Kent Meridian football coaches.
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