The starting quarterback for Tigers will be Bailey Miller and his main target will be All-Region first-team member, junior wide receiver Penny Hart. “Penny is a very good athlete and we will play him in different positions,” said Pickren. “We want to get the ball to him as much as possible.”
Other offensive threats will be senior running back Connor Henderson and sophomore wide receivers Remy Lazarus and Will Janofsky, a member of the All-Region team as a punter last season. Leading the offensive line will be senior Cliff Farrow, who was also named to the All-Region team. “Cliff has size, ability and will have the opportunity to play at the next level,” said Pickren.
Senior defensive lineman Josh Carter, another All-Region team honoree, will be joined on the defense by Henderson, who will be at linebacker, along with Lazarus and Janofsky as defensive backs.
It’s not uncommon for Class A programs, with smaller roster sizes than most classifications, to have numerous two-way players but the King’s Ridge coaching staff wants to limit the players in this category. “We would love to have none of our linemen to play both ways” said Pickren. “Having separate linemen of both sides of the ball would help build continuity and competitiveness between the two groups.”
The Tigers will also be a part of the power poll system that determines the playoff teams for private and public schools in Class A since there are separate championships for programs of those distinctions. “I tell our kids that the safest way to make the playoffs is to win your region because you’re automatically in if that happens. Our goal is to win as many games as possible.”