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September 26, 2013

'Playing with intensity'

Welch is key two-way player for Kings football

Lewis Cass’ football team is once again marching toward the postseason with plans on being a top contender in the Class 2A playoffs.

Like he was a year ago, Gabe Welch is one of the key players for the Kings.

Welch returns this season as the Kings’ starting fullback, and for his senior year he is starting at a linebacker spot as well.

“He’s been our fullback the past two years,” Cass coach Scott Mannering said. “We always think we need to have someone ready to play and he’s a guy that always rises to the top on offense. Defensively we’re asking him to play linebacker. Last year he didn’t play a lot of defense but he’s become a guy that doesn’t come off the field for us. Obviously he’s one of our leaders. He’s starting to have a great senior year.”

Welch is not the biggest fullback/linebacker in the world at 5-5, 163 pounds but plays bigger than his size.

“He’s kind of small, he’s not the fastest player we’ve got, but he’s just a tough kid. He’s a competitor,” Mannering said. “We put him at linebacker and he’s a good, physical player there. He’s gotten better every week. Offensively we play a couple different people at that position he plays and he’s always shown he’s the best guy. He’s made himself a good football player. It’s neat to see. He’s had a good career and hopefully in the second half of the season he’ll have a really good football season.”

The Kings are 2-3 this season. They have lopsided wins over Pioneer and Peru and their three losses are to Class 3A opponents, West Lafayette, Northwestern and Hamilton Heights.

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