Ohio Football

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Senior Salute: Kings

By Greg Shoemaker | Featured Analyst

Kings kicker Evan Berg finished his career third All-time in the state of Ohio with 248 points kicking.

The Class of 2013 will go down as a special one at Kings. Forced to grow up sooner than they wanted to when head coach Andy Olds was sidelined because of a heart attack when they were freshmen, this group responded in fine fashion getting to the Division II, Region 8 finals as sophomores and juniors.

They started off their senior year 1-4 before closing out winning their last five tilts. They were a combined 27-7 during their final three years as varsity starters.

Here is a look at some of the Knights that were instrumental in their team’s success during the past four seasons.

Brady Vanover, DL: A four-year starter who earned Second-Team All-Ohio honors as a junior and senior and Third-Team accolades as a sophomore. Vanover was also named the FAVC Cardinal Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and the ECC Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. He finished his career with 27.0 sacks.

Evan Berg, PK: The ECC Kicker of the Year in 2012 got into the OHSAA record books in his final season. The senior finished with 248 career points, third all-time in the OHSAA rankings. He also finished sixth all-time in career field goals with 33, just six field goals behind the all-time leader in state history. Kings only had three opportunities to kick field goals during his senior campaign as Berg went 3-of-3 with a long of 42 yards.

Kennedy Cook, OL: Arguably the greatest offensive lineman to ever take the field for Kings, Cook was a stellar performer for the Knights. He was rare player who was a three-time First-Team All-Southwest District selection during his tenure.

Nick Collado, RB: Despite missing most of his junior campaign due to injury, Collado bounced back and set the school record for rushing yards in a regular season with 1,682. Collado found the endzone 19 times as a senior. A First-Team All-FAVC Cardinal selection as a sophomore and a First-Team All-ECC member as a senio,r he finished his career with 1,888 yards rushing, 2,510 all-purpose yards and 23 total touchdowns.

Justin Crull, DB/WR: The versatile and dependable four-year starter had a knack for coming up with big plays and big yardage when the Knights needed it most. Crull was a First-Team All-FAVC Cardinal selection as a sophomore and junior and a First-Team All-ECC performer as a senior He finished his career with 57 receptions for 1,023 yards, 2,503 all-purpose yards, seven receiving touchdowns, 11 total touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 297 interceptions return yards and three pick six scores.

Austin Copeland, LB: A four-year starter for the Knights, Copeland garnered Second-Team All-Southwest District honors as a junior and a senior. He recorded 328 total tackles with 6.0 sacks, recovered two fumbles and had three interceptions in a Knights uniform.

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