Kingsley Replaces Talented Senior Class
KINGSLEY – In coach Tim Wooer’s return to Kingsley in 2018, the Stags staged the biggest turnaround campaign in the area.
Just one year removed from going 1-8 and posting its worst record since 1997, Kingsley rolled to a 10-2 record, a Division 6 district championship and totaled 400 or more points in a season for the first time since winning the 2005 Division 6 state title. The only team to beat Kingsley last fall was rival Traverse City St. Francis.
Gone from last year’s team is a large and talented senior class.
“Football intelligence wise, we’re way ahead of where we were a year ago,” Wooer said. “I think we have concerns with leadership. We obviously lost some great seniors up front, so we’re much smaller. We’re much younger than we were a year ago, so those are a little bit of the unknowns that we’ve got to figure out here real quick.”
In addition to competing in the always-tough Northern Michigan Football League Legends division, the Stags have non-conference contests with McBain, Ogemaw Heights and Glen Lake.
“It just keeps us pushing because we know the season’s not going to get easier as it goes on,” Kingsley senior Tyler Inthisone said. “We have harder competition coming and we’ve just got to try to keep going as hard as we can.”
Kingsley opens its season at home against McBain on Thursday, Aug. 29. The Stags won last year’s meeting 24-20.