Kingsley Eyes Postseason Return
KINGSLEY – With a stout defense, Kingsley enters the 2016 season looking to end a two-year playoff drought.
Despite posting five consecutive winning seasons, Kingsley has made the playoffs only three times in that five-year stretch, having recorded back-to-back 5-4 campaigns.
The Stags will rely heavily on their defense this season as they maneuver through the stacked Northern Michigan Football League Legends division. Kingsley will face a tough slate that features Benzie Central, Boyne City, Cheboygan, Elk Rapids, Grayling, Kalkaska and Traverse City St. Francis.
"Well we have a few kids back that were important key role players for us defensively and we bring back two ‘D’ tackles that played significantly for us last year, senior ‘D’ tackles, as well as a young sophomore ‘D’ tackle who played significantly for us as well,” coach Jason Leonard said. “We have two returning defensive ends, we have both inside returning inside linebackers, and um our entire secondary, so we only replaced one kid on our defensive side of the ball so that should be pretty powerful for us."
Kingsley opens its season with a league crossover at Glen Lake on Aug. 26 before hosting McBain on Sept. 1.