CLOSER LOOK: King RB Dylan Holsey

Riverside King senior running back Dylan Holsey transferred from Perris Citrus Hill before this season. He ran for 100 yards and two TDs in his 2012 debut with the Wolves. / Dennis Pope Photography

Take a closer look at Riverside King senior Dylan Holsey and you will see a guy thinking about more than just football.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior says that he transferred from Perris Citrus Hill to Riverside King for many reasons; not all having to do with getting carries and long looks from college recruiters.

“School wise, just better opportunities,” Holsey said. “I had to better myself and the situation around me and I think it’s better here, education wise and getting me ready for college.”

He already knows that he is going to college. He’s just padding the resume.

Holsey averaged almost eight yards per carry last season and finished with 292 yards and two TDs on 37 carries in 2011, fourth-most for the CIF-SS Eastern Division semifinalists.

I caught up with Holsey following his 100-yard, two-touchdown performance as King won its first game in 15 tries, defeating Riverside Norte Vista 30-13 in a non-league game on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.

So what was it like being Davien Payne’s back-up last year?

“I played here-and-there. I got my reps and I did what I could with it.”

Is it exciting to have had such a good game in one that means so much to your new school?

“It feels great but it’s not all eyes on me. I mean, we’re a team. At the end of the day I did my part, everybody did their part and we got a big win.”

What kind of season in King football going to have?

“There’s always room to get better. We still have work to do. This is only Game 1. We’re gonna get better and better as we go on, and hopefully be 10-0 at the end of the season.”

What did you like about tonight’s game plan?

“Just our efficiency and our consistency. We’re in-shape and able to go on every play like it was our first play.”

What was it like in the locker room before the game?

“There was a nervous energy, you know. There’s high expectations because nobody expected us to win, and we came out and we showcased it and proved everybody wrong.”

(Well, not everybody. FOMB picked King to win.)

FOMB also predicted a 6th-place finish in the Big VIII for King, and the Wolves are almost look like a 5 or 6-win team.

Holsey displayed some quickness in getting outside the tackles, but he was clearly led by a bigger, better King offensive line. This group is going to move some people, and the Wolves may not be that far away from a playoff spot.

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