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King Helps Lewisburg To Special Start

It’s been a special start to the season for the Lewisburg Patriots. Two weeks ago they made program history by starting 4-0. Part of the turnaround is a talented and determined senior class.

Chester King, the team’s leading rusher and receiver, is a part of that group. He’s getting it done week and week out, but he says that’s what the veterans on this year’s team are all about.

“We are not a group who is scared to speak up to our team,” King told SES Mississippi. “Our seniors are a special group of guys.”

“This brings out the true meaning of brotherhood and we embrace that strongly. In recent years we have not been what someone would call a team. We had groups within the team. But this year’s Lewisburg team brings everyone to war every Friday night, and we’re all on the same page.”

Though the Patriots’ perfect start came to an end at the hands of Lake Cormorant last week, there’s no time to lose focus. This week presents a new challenge in the form of Olive Branch.

“It feels great,” King said of the historic start. “The past couple of seasons haven’t been our best, so to win four in a row to start was definitely a confidence booster. As a captain, I told my team I would do whatever it takes to bring success to this team. I believe everyone has brought that mindset.”

This week’s matchup against a Desoto County foe will have a bit of a rivalry feel to it, though it’s a first-time meeting.

“It will be packed, and a very good game,” King noted. “There are a lot of players on both team that have switched between the two schools. We are all smack talking friends, so it’ll be a good one. Everyone’s going to be getting after each other.”

“Beating Olive Branch this week would set the tone for the rest of the season. They have my respect, and will be a challenge, but we have a surprise. They are going to have to earn everything they get against us Friday night.”

King has already set the tone for his team on the field this season, though. He’s rushed for over 100 yards and caught for over 100 yards in two games already. Plus, he’s rushed for over 100 yards in four of five games(with just eight carries in the lone game he didn’t), including a season-high 215 against Clarksville.

All in all, he’s accounted for over 1,000 all-purpose yards already. That’s 642 on the ground, 332 receiving and 103 punt and kickoff return yards, with nine total touchdowns.

“Going into this season, I knew I would play a key role for this team,” He said. “The role I’ve taken on as a senior, started when I was a junior. I knew I was next man up and I started preparing. I worked this whole offseason and I was able to gain respect and be named team captain. I take pride in that role.”

“To be part of this group is special. As a middle school football player, I used to go to all the home games and watch our varsity team. I waited and dreamed of the day I’d get to play in one of those games. We were never great, but I always told myself when I get up there I would help turn this program around. This team will be forever remembered at Lewisburg high.”

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