COMETS PREPARE FOR 2014
Kings returns to play in the NFFL
The Kings Comets are set to return to action for their 12th season of play in a new league the Northern Frontier Football League (NFFL). Minor League Football News Hall of Fame head coach Brian Wells is back as head coach, heading up a staff that includes returning coaches in Derrick Davidson and Dennis Whitman.
After taking the 2013 season off, the Comets return to action on May 10, hosting the Lima Warriors at Woodward High School at 7:30 p.m. The NFFL season begins the next week against the defending NFFL champion Cincinnati Hawks, led by former Comet head coach Carlos Chambers, on May 17. The 10-game NFFL regular season runs through August 2, with playoffs to follow.
August 20, 2012
14 COMETS NAMED ALL STARS
Five make HFL First Team
Fourteen members of the Kings Comets have been named to Heartland Football League South Conference All-Stars, led by five players who were named First Team.
Kings record-setting passing game is represented on the First Team by quarterback Antonio Davis and receivers Mike Brown and Dyshaun Edwards. Linemen Rico Middlebrooks and Demetrius Blasingame represent the defense on the First Team.
Davis has breezed past previous Comet records with 3,025 yards and 33 yards on 165-of-262 passing in nine games. Brown also set franchise records with 46 receptions for 801 yards, scoring nine touchdowns. Edwards finished second on the team with eight touchdowns and 615 yards on 32 catches.
Middlebrooks leads the Comets with 10 sacks among his 23 tackles. Blasingame is second on the teams with eight sacks among 23 tackles, with two fumble recoveries.
First Team members will be eligible for an all-star game the HFL is planning against the Northern Frontier Football League (NFFL).
Linebacker Keilan Woods, the Comets leader with 34 tackles, was named to the Second Team along with Carlos Davis, Richard Stokes, and Antwoine Higgins from the offense.
At tackle, Davis has anchored an offensive line that has allowed only five sacks all season, including none since June 23. Stokes leads the Comets with 332 rushing yards, matching a franchise record with eight rushing touchdowns. Higgins is second on the team in receptions with 33, picking up 561 yards and scoring six touchdowns.
Offensive tackle Kevin Thomas and four members of the defense, Brandon Martin, Tyrone Berry, Tim Johnson, and Cedric Holmes, made the Third Team.
Martin shares the team lead in interceptions with three, while Johnson ranks second in tackles with 28, Berry third with 24, and Holmes is third on the team with six sacks in as many games.
The Columbus Fire led the South Conference with 20 all-stars, including 19 players who were named First Team.
The Comets face the Fire for the South Conference championship this Saturday night at Grandview High School (1587 West Third Avenue) in Columbus. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
For a complete list of All-Stars, click here
MARDY GILYARD UPDATE
Former Kings Comet Mardy Gilyard signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on February 12 for the 2013 season.
Gilyard played in eight games last season, six with the Philadelphia Eagles and two with the New York Jets. With the Eagles, Gilyard made three special teams tackles and returned two punts for 15 yards. With the Jets, Gilyard caught two passes for 15 yards.
Gilyard was a fourth-round draft pick by the Rams in 2010, where he made two starts in 11 games, catching six passes for 63 yards.
Click here to watch Mardy's touchdown catch against the Steelers in the Eagles first pre-season game
See pictures of Mardy against the Lions in 2010:
Click here to watch Mardy's first NFL reception in the Rams 30-16 win against Washington, Sept. 26, 2010