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Kelly King, Milpitas High School, Awarded Week 7 Coach of the Week

Posted Oct 13, 2017

The San Francisco 49ers Charlie Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week award for week seven goes to Kelly King from Milpitas High School in Milpitas, CA.

The San Francisco 49ers Charlie Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week award for week seven goes to Kelly King from Milpitas High School in Milpitas, CA.

Coach King’s Milpitas Trojans improved their record to 7 – 0 after beating a tough team in the Wilcox Chargers by a score of 42 – 17. Wilcox came into the game on a hot streak, winning three straight, but the Trojans were determined not to let Wilcox hand them their first loss of the year. This game also allowed the Trojans to redeem themselves from a heartbreaking loss to the Chargers last season.

Wilcox opened the game with a 15 play series that drained 7 minutes off of the clock. Wilcox, however, was not able to score. The defense of Milpitas did what they have done all season. Stop the opposing team, give the ball to the Trojan offense and let their star athletes go to work.

The offense of the Trojans made sure to make Wilcox pay for not putting the ball in the end zone. Trojan running back Tariq Bracy showed his big play ability twice on the opening drive for the Milpitas offense. Tariq Bracy broke open a 68-yard run that seemed to put the Trojans up 7 – 0, but the play was called back due to a penalty by the offense. On the following play Tariq caught a screen pass from his twin brother, TyRee, and made a 52-yard completion out of it. A few plays later Tariq ran the ball in from 4 yards out for the first score of the night, putting the Trojans up 7 – 0.

Wilcox would answer the Milpitas touchdown with a field goal and a touchdown to go up 10 – 7 in the second quarter. The Chargers put three points on the board following Tariq’s touchdown after kicking a 36-yard field goal. The Trojans fumbled on their next offensive possession, giving the Chargers a short field to work with. The Chargers found the end zone after a 22-yard pass to give them their only lead of the game.

“We’ve been down this path before with our veteran team. They didn’t get shaken and continued to play successfully,” said Coach King.

The Trojans were ready to respond to falling behind early in the game, keeping calm and executing the game plan which Coach King and his staff had prepared throughout the week. The offense marched down the field, scoring on a 13 yard run from Tariq to reclaim the lead and set the score at 14 – 10. With only a minute left on the clock in the first half the Chargers looked to try and score before going into the locker room. The defense of the Trojans made a stand on 4th down near midfield to give their offense a chance to increase the lead before halftime. The offense scored through the air as time ran out when quarterback TyRee found receiver Israel Gil to give the Trojans a 21 – 10 lead.

Tariq and TyRee expanded on their stellar first half by racking up three more touchdowns throughout the game.

Tariq scored early in the 3rd quarter by way of another game breaking play. A 37-yard run by Tariq pushed the Trojans lead to 18 points. TyRee’s second touchdown on the night came from a 1 yard run and cemented the Trojans’ 28 point scoring streak. The defense held Wilcox to zero points in the third quarter, helping close the door on this game.

Wilcox gave one final push offensively in the fourth quarter when their running back scampered for a score from 5-yards out, but Milpitas would not let this score go unanswered. After nearly shutting out the Wilcox offense in the second half, the Trojan offense made a statement run to end the game. Tariq would take a handoff from his brother and broke away from the Wilcox defenders as he ran the ball in for his fourth touchdown of the night. This exclamation point of a run put the final score of the game at 42 – 17.

Avenging last season’s defeat to Wilcox felt great, but it was never on the front of any of the Trojans minds. “We didn’t really focus on last year’s loss. This is a new group and we are trying to stay focused on what is in front of us, not what is behind,” said Coach King on his team’s thoughts throughout the week.

Tariq Bracy turned in another great performance on the night, picking up 213 yards and 4 touchdowns on 25 carries as well as gaining 83 yards receiving on two catches.

“Tariq is explosive and has great ball skills in all aspects of the game,” said Coach King on his stellar running back. “He has a natural ability as a running back, but we move him to some other spots to broaden his offensive skill set. We spread the ball around to open him up in space as well as look for the holes that we create and tweak what we have to get him through them.”

For as great of a natural athlete as Tariq is, it takes the entire offense giving maximum effort for him to have the types of games he does.

“The offense as a whole works together and we have some concepts we attack when we see certain defensive looks,” said Coach King. “We have a team concept on the offensive line and have great receivers and backs to help the blocking open up the running game. We also have the ability to get the ball to several great receivers which gives us another threat.”

For as good as the Milpitas offense has been throughout the season, it has been the defense as a whole that has helped the Trojans become one of the most elite teams in the Bay Area. Through seven games, the Trojans have outscored opponents 295 – 37. The defense is averaging giving up just over 5 points per game.

“The touchdown in the second quarter was actually the first time that anyone has scored on our starting defense,” said Coach King. “We play together as a group. Our defense fits the gaps to control the running game. In the passing game we identify the receivers we need to stop our defensive backs do a great job of locking down the receivers.”

The selflessness of the entire team is what Coach King attributes a majority of the success to this season. “We are willing to play together and sacrifice for the good of the team. They are all committed to the day at hand and continue to work hard every day. My staff wants to continue raising their standards and that has been a big part of our success.”

For as great as his team has been all year, Coach King will wait to judge the success of the season until his players have grown up. “I won’t judge this team so much on wins and losses. I’ll look at the success of this season 5 or 10 years down the road. I want to see what they do as men and that they are all doing positive things to help their community and families.”

Coach King has served as head coach of his alma matter since 1990. “After I was finished playing college ball at Cal State in Hayward my coaches asked me to come back and help as an off campus assistant. I grew into a teacher and head coach over the following years,” said Coach King. “This city is a special place. It is a great community to be a part of. I’m lucky that I get to do this job and positively contribute to our community.”

Upon winning the award, Coach King reflected on his time coaching against Charlie Wedemeyer. “It is an honor to receive this award. I was an assistant coach when he was still the head coach at Los Gatos. I got a chance to see him in action and what he went through. It is a great honor to be associated with him.”

As our Charlie Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week, Kelly King will receive a $1,000 grant for the Milpitas High School football program from the 49ers Foundation. As part of the award, he will also receive two tickets to a 49ers home game where he will be recognized on the field. Coach King will also be invited to visit the SAP Performance Facility to watch a closed practice where head coach Kyle Shanahan will officially present him with his award. Coach King will be featured on the 49ers Cal-Hi Sports Report on Sunday’s at 6 & 10 PM on NBC Sports and re-broadcast throughout the week.

Congratulations, Coach King!

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