By Phil Anastasia
Training camp confidential: Kingsway
Coach: Tony Barchuk
Last year: 8-3, lost to Timber Creek in first round of SJ 4 tournament
Schedule: at Hammonton, Williamstown, bye, at Winslow Twp., Timber Creek, at Washington Twp., Pennsauken, Paul VI, at Delsea, at Clearview (Thanksgiving)
Player to watch: Senior TE/DE Denzell Polk (pictured). The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Polk has committed to attend Navy. He said he will be used as the Midshipmen's "Raven" linebacker, moving around to take advantage of his pass-rush abilities. Polk is perhaps South Jersey's best pass rusher. He had 30 tackles for loss and 14 sacks last season. He will need to assume more of a leadership role this season as the Dragons are rebuilding a bit after losing several talented players over the last couple of seasons.
Outlook: Kingsway has become a strong Group 4 program that regularly competes for the division title and makes its presence felt in the post-season, too. This season should be no different although the WJFL National Division is loaded with perennial powers Timber Creek and Delsea as well as conference newcomer Hammonton and other solid programs. Kingsway has some strength at the skill positions with senior WR/DB Deron Maxwell (6-1, 175), junior RB Sean Samuels (5-11, 180) and sophomore RB Anthony Seas (5-10, 190), who has impressed in the preseason. The lines must be rebuilt a bit but will be anchored by returners such as seniors Marshall Hoebing (6-3, 220) and Andrew Beamer (5-11, 210) and junior Arlen LaRue (6-3, 230). Seniors such as LB Tim Clark (6-0, 210), FB Tony Incollingo (5-11, 205) and DE Shane Wexler (6-0, 190) also will be key players. The Dragons have a top P/K in senior Connor Bell (6-0, 175). One key will be the development of senior QB Anthony Dilks (5-11, 165), who replaces two-year starter Rob Green.
Fast fact: Kingsway has won 16 games including three playoff games, in the last two seasons.
Fast fact II: Kingsway coach Tony Barchuk is beginning his 36th season. He has a career record of 194-146-5 at the school in Gloucester County, which has grown from Group 1 to Group 4 during his tenure.
Quote: "We're all in. There are no individuals. Guys realize they have to work together for us to be the kind of team we want to be," Polk said.
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