CK Royals Make MSGVarsity Trip-State Top 25
9/27/16 - 09:10 PM

After an impressive 14-12 victory over Long Island power St. Anthony's of Huntington, the CK Royals have cracked News 12 Varsity's Tri-State Top 25 for the first time in well over a decade. 

The Royals, who are currently 3-0, enter this week's top 25 at number 24. There are only 2 other NYC teams ranked higher than the Royals. 

http://www.news12varsity.com/tri-state-top-25-football-poll-9-27-1.1814349

CK is also ranked number 3 overall in this weeks city poll.

Congratulations to Coach Jay Brown, the coaching staff, and every member of this years varsity squad on what has already been a historic season for the Royals.

CK takes on Queens Rival St. Francis Prep next Sunday at Martin Van Buren. Come out and support your CK Royals!!!

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Christ the King notches season-opening win over Xavier
9/16/16 - 07:42 AM

CK gets some revenge by beating Xavier in its first game of the season

TimesLedger.com

By Benjamin Leibowitz

It was anything but an easy game for the Christ the King football team Saturday. The Royals squared off against Xavier in a repeat of last year’s city championship and took on a difficult offensive scheme known as a “single wing.”

But while Christ the King may have come up short against the Knights last year, this year’s Royals squad was more determined than ever and that will led to a season-opening 24-12 victory.

“It was like a heavyweight fight,” Royals coach Jason Brown said. “We have a new quarterback. It was a tough game but we finished. And that’s our motto, finishing.”

The Royals got on the board early, but Xavier’s offense hit its stride in the second quarter. 

The “single wing” is an offense that is designed to deceive—nearly all the plays in the scheme are rush and passing attempts designed to come as a surprise. 

Xavier did its fair share of surprising as well, mixing up plays and scoring 12 points in the second quarter as Jalen Johnson hit the ground running. The senior barreled into the end zone from four yards out for his first touchdown of the afternoon, sparking the Knights and setting Christ the King back on its toes. 

Xavier was throwing Christ the King’s defensive rhythm off early when the Knights started passing the ball and while passes came few and far between, Malik Fisher’s 31-yard reception was a momentum-changer late in the second quarter. 

Facing a five-point deficit, the Royals desperately needed a spark before halftime. 

That spark came from Justin Terry. With time about to run out in the first half, Terry hauled in a slip screen from quarterback Demetrius Wilson, and took it all the way down the field for a touchdown.

Christ the King went into the break with a 14-12 lead and the Royals walked off the field with a spring in their step.

The Royals did not allow another point for the remainder of the game as they locked in on both sides of the ball.

Sophomore running back Andre McGann stepped up in a big way for his team down the stretch. McGann, who is behind several running backs on the depth chart, proved that he belonged in this game. He broke off a 52-yard run and a 21-yard run, as well as saving a fumble and running it back to the line of scrimmage. 

“I always tell myself that life is about adjustments, and I just needed to adjust, and I adjusted well,” McGann said. “And now I need to step up and focus on next week,” 

Terrell Jones also ran an interception into the end zone for a touchdown, playing a shutdown defensive game at cornerback. 

“I jumped the route, and saw the passes well,” said Jones of the play. 

By the final whistle, the Royals defense settled into its stride and proved that Christ the King has one of the deepest units in the city. 

This defense is loaded with college recruits including cornerback Randy Pringle, who is committed to Stony Brook; defensive end Anthony Lang, who is committed to Albany; and defensive tackle Jonathan Coste, who has offers from Old Dominion, Monmouth, Delaware State, and Central Connecticut State. Kylon Coombs also stepped up in the waning moments, coming through with a big sack and fumble recovery. 

It wasn’t a perfect game and, going forward, the Royals hope to settle into a rhythm from the opening whistle. Nonetheless, a win is a win and now, it’s just about the next game and the next hit. 

“Defense wins games,” Coons said. “If you can’t play defense they score, and we’ll lose.”

 

Posted 12:00 am, September 16, 2016

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CTK makes last stand to beat Poly Prep
9/16/16 - 12:01 AM

by Elio Velez on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 11:52 PM — @eliovelez 

Christ the King has made it a vow this season to execute on the one word that is written on the chalkboard before every football game. This season for the Royals is about the word ‘finish’ and nothing could have been as more of dramatic example than trying to fulfill that motto on the final play of the game. 

The Royals defense stood up Poly Prep quarterback Rob Kollmer at the Christ the King's 1-yard line as time expired on the clock to give the visitors a stunning 17-13 non-league victory Friday night in Bay Ridge. 

Jonathan Coste was one of the Royals starting defensive linemen that made enough of a push forward against highly ranked lineman Isaiah Wilson and the Blue Devils to halt Kollmer’s sneak attempt just inches away from the end zone. Christ the King improved to 2-0 this season and ranked No. 9 in New York City and No. 12 in the Small School 15 poll by News 12 Varsity. 

“We had enough time and this was us going to get the win you know. It’s all about defense. In practice everyday, we work on our goal line,” Coste said. “I had the number two player in the country in front of me. I didn’t pay no mind. I did what I have to do, we got in there and we made the stop.”

The Royals also showed the mental adversity according to head coach Jason Brown to end up the victor in what was an intense back and forth contest. Demetrius Wilson battled through right shoulder soreness as the junior quarterback to complete touchdown passes to Tosin Oyekanmi and a 53-yard strike Anthony Lang in the third quarter that gave Christ the King the lead for good. 

“That’s a great win for the program and Christ the King. It shows how far we came. Our defense played a hell of a game and we kept them on the field a lot,” Brown said. 

Poly Prep was down 3-0 early in the second quarter when senior cornerback Tegha Egbiri intercepted a Wilson pass deep into CK territory. Just four plays later, senior quarterback Rob Kollmer continued his fine effort on the night with a 5-yard touchdown run up the middle to give the hosts a 7-3 lead with 7:52 left in the first half. 

Christ the King’s offense committed three turnovers, including two fumbles for Siddiq Muhammad in the game but the group did respond with making big plays. Oyekanmi caught a slant pass up the middle and went downfield untouched for a 38-yard touchdown reception with 3:29 left in the first half to go up 13-10. 

Kollmer had an impressive game using his strong frame to rush for 22 carries with 126 yards and engineered Poly Prep’s opening touchdown drive to start the second half. LSU baseball commit Nick Storz used all of his 6-foot-6 frame to outleap two defenders in the end zone to haul in a 7-yard touchdown pass as the Blue Devils took a 13-10 lead. 

Lang helped his team respond with a heads up play on a third down and seven when Wilson was flushed out of the pocket and heaved a long pass down the left sideline. The Albany bound wide out adjusted on the fly to take a few steps back to get the ball and then shook off a defender’s ankle tackle to dive into the end zone with 3:37 left in the third quarter on the go-ahead 53-yard touchdown score.

“I just look at it like you have to go up and get it. It’s whoever wants it more,” Lang said. “I wanted it more that play. I wanted my team to come out with the victory.”

The hosts made a big defensive stand at their 31-yard line with 5:36 left in the fourth quarter and made their long march downfield. Storz caught a 22-yard reception to set up Poly Prep at the 12-yard line and were just inches away form winning when the referees eventually ruled after a moment of hesitation that Kollmer was stopped short of the goal line.

Poly Prep coach Kevin Fountaine was happy with the effort his team displayed on the night and for dealing with injuries to key players like freshman Lamy Montini, who suffered a sprained ankle in last week’s win over Valley Forge. The Blue Devils are now 1-1 and ranked No. 7 in the Tri-State Small School 15 poll. 

“We play tough all the time. Christ the King has a lot, lot of talent but so do we,” Fountaine said. “We’re real proud of our guys and we’re going to regroup and get ready for homecoming.”

- See more at: http://www.news12varsity.com/ctk-makes-last-stand-to-beat-poly-prep-1.1812352#sthash.pMKQqo0v.dpuf

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Championship Rematch on Saturday
9/9/16 - 10:39 AM

We will never forget

On Saturday the Royals of Christ the King will play the very same team that ended their season last year. XAVIER.

Game time is 2:30 at Franklin K. Lane High School.

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MSG Varsity Camp Confidential: Christ the King Royals
9/4/16 - 08:57 PM

The Royals head into the 2016 season with confidence

MSGVarsity.com 

by Elio Velez on Sat, Sep 3, 2016 4:48 AM — @eliovelez

Christ the King Royals Confidential

 

LAST SEASON: 10-1 (Lost to Xavier in CHSFL AA championship)

 

HEAD COACH: Jason Brown (3rd season)

 

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS: Anthony Lang (Sr. DE/TE), Justin Terry (Sr. WR/DB), Siddiq Muhammad (Sr. RB/OLB), Randy Pringle (Sr. DB), Jonathan Coste (Sr. DE), Adrian Velez (Sr. RB)

 

NEW CONTRIBUTORS: Jarrett Paul (JR. DB), Prince Williams (Sr. DT), Demetrius Wilson (Jr. QB)

 

OUTLOOK: One sequence during last year’s CHSFL Class AA championship game ultimately defined Christ the King’s 2015 season.

Royals coach Jason Brown took responsibility along with his coaching staff when its special teams allowed Xavier to block an attempted punt that allowed the Knights to scoop up the ball for the game-winning touchdown to seal its first Class AA title. The lesson of that day last November has been taken quite seriously for this upcoming season.

“Our motto this year is to finish. The problem we had last year the kids were undisciplined on the field,” Brown said. “We had 10 guys on the punt and a guy ran down unshielded down the field. it was management, coaches fault and you cant blame the kids. You got to put them in the right spot and it could have worked out”

The bitter ending overshadowed what was a quite year for the Royals, who have continued a turnaround in the standings ever since Brown arrived to take over the program three seasons ago. Christ the King returns 26 players and a number of those have already received scholarships from NCAA FCS programs or offers from BCS schools.  

The Royals have a number of players hat will start or see time on both sides of the ball. At least four of Brown’s starters have accepted scholarships including lineman Anthony Lang to Albany, Justin Terry to Monmouth, running back Siddiq Muhammad to Marshall and Stony Brook bound Randy Pringle.

“We’re just focusing on trying to be more disciplined as a team.  We’re just trying to stay on track and have that same skillset,” Terry, who will start at defensive back and at wide receiver, said. “We lost a couple of guys but I still think we have that same skillset to get us where we was last year. We just need to finish.”

The newest face on the offensive side of the ball is the most important position. Cardozo transfer Demetrius Wilson is an athletic 6-foot-1 quarterback who doesn’t have a lot of experience but his potential upside would match up with his teammates. 

Senior wide receiver Tosin Oyekanmi was the team’s leading receiver and a deep threat downfield. Siddiq Muhammad will use his burly strength in the backfield and mix and match alongside Adrian Velez, Elyjah Campbell, Hasan Chambers, Aron Sanabria and others. 

The team’s strength defensively may arguably be the secondary with Terry, who had 64 tackles last season coming back at free safety, joining alongside Pringle, Maalik McClymont and promising sophomore defensive back Jarrett Paul. Jonathan Coste was second in the team with 7 sacks last season and newcomers Prince Williams, a transfer from Valley Stream High School along with Felix Jerez will see time on the defensive line. 

“We’re really working hard. We’re kicking it up a notch so we’re going hard every day. Working in the weight room,” Muhammad said. “We’re really working hard. Hopefully we get that ring we are looking for.”

 

2016 SCHEDULE

Home games at Franklin K. Lane HS

 

Sept. 10, 1:30 p.m. vs. Xavier 

Sept. 16, 7 p.m. at Poly Prep

Sept. 24, 1:30 p.m. vs. St. Anthony’s

Oct. 2, 1 p.m. at St. Francis Prep (Martin Van Buren HS)

Oct. 9, 1 p.m. vs. Iona Prep 

Oct. 15, 7 p.m. vs. Kellenberg (Mitchel Athletic Complex)

Oct. 22, 1:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist

Oct. 28, 7 p.m. at Fordham Prep 

- See more at: http://www.news12varsity.com/nyc-camp-confidential-christ-the-king-1.1809283#sthash.z1Ex89UG.dpuf

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Royals are focused for a push toward the CHSFL crown
9/4/16 - 08:54 PM

CK senior's Justin Terry (L, Monmouth Commit), and Siddiq Muhammed (R, Marshall Commit) hope to lead the Royals to the CHSFL "AA" City Championship this season

Timesledger.com 

By: Lauren Amato

The Christ the King football team can still remember every detail of their loss in last year’s CHSFL Class AA championship game agaist Xavier. This year the squad is determined to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself. 

This season’s Royals are focused—on competing, on winning and, most importantly, on clinching a championship. 

“Since my freshman year we’ve gone to the championship three times in a row and we haven’t finished,” said senior receiver and Monmouth commit Justin Terry. “I feel like our life is like a movie, so we just have to end with a ‘w,’ get that happy ending.”

The Royals notched a handful of practices on their home field last week before packing up their bags for a team camp. It’s a trip that has become a tradition for Christ the King, one that helps refine that much-needed focus. 

“The problem we had last year was discipline and it showed on the field,” coach Jason Brown said. “This class is special. But we want to finish this year. That’s very important to us.”

Christ the King returns a whopping 26 players from last year’s squad, which finished a perfect 6-0 in league play and dominated on the offensive side of the ball. 

But there are still a few questions when it comes to offense, particularly with brand-new quarterback Demetrius Wilson.

Brown called Wilson, who previously played at Cardozo, a true athlete, but it’s his first year in the position and there have already been obstacles on the offensive side of the ball. 

“We’ve got a new quarterback, so it’s been kind of hard to get the same bond,” Terry said. “But we’re trying to stay on track and keep the mindset. We lost a couple of guys from last year, but I personally think we’ve got the same skill set to get us back to where we were. We just need to finish and we just want to avenge ourselves.” 

The Royals may be one of the most naturally skilled teams in the entire city, but Christ the King isn’t willing to rest on its laurels. That philosophy didn’t lead to a championship in the past and the team knows it won’t this year. 

“We’re really working hard,” said senior Siddiq Muhammad, who will head to Marshall University next year. “We’ve kicked it up a notch and we’re going hard every day on the field. Hopefully we get that ring that we’ve been waiting for.”

Every team across the city comes into the season with its collective sights set on a championship, but Christ the King is determined to prove something. 

“This is about winning a championship although I don’t like looking that far ahead,” Brown said. “That’s our main goal though is to win a championship and then move up to AAA. This is a blessed class and just a lot of winners.”

 

Posted 12:00 am, September 2, 2016

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Royals Earn MSGVarsity Top 100 Honors
8/11/16 - 09:00 PM

CK running back Adrian Velez, along with 6 other Royals, made MSGVarsity's Top 100 players in NYC for the 2016 football season

Congratulations to the members of the CK Royals Varsity Football team who have earned the honor of being considered part of the top 100 players in NYC by MSG Varsity.

The players, in no particular order, are:

Jonathan Coste, Senior OL/DL

Siddiq Muhammad, Senior LB/RB, commited to Marshal

Tosin OyeKanmi, Senior WR/DB

Jarrett Paul, Junior DB

Randy Pringle, Senior DB, commited to Stony Brook

Justin Terry, Senior DB, commited to Monmouth

Adrian Velez, Senior RB

Check out the full list on :http://www.msgvarsity.com/brooklyn-bronx/top-100-football-players-in-new-york-city-1.1808607

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