Aug. 5—WALTON — Luke Chambers made a name for himself on the basketball court last season for the Lewis Cass Kings.
Chambers was a first-team All-Loganland selection his junior basketball season. Although he will be a crucial player for Coach Kyle Johnson and the Kings this coming season, Chambers’ best sport is probably football.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound eldest is a tight end and defensive tackle for the Cass football team. He receives looks from the Division II and Division III tight end football programs.
He played center of the offensive line last season, but Cass’ football coach Clayton Mannering moved Chambers to tight end.
The Kings will run their traditional T-wing offense and the tight end is a key blocking position on offense. But the Kings also plan to spread things out and run a shotgun offense this year and Chambers will be one of quarterback LJ Hillis’ top targets.
Mannering spoke about Chambers’ move to tight end.
“When I look at the films of the last couple of years, we’ve had kids who really fought for that position, but it’s hard to direct our offense when you can’t really get in there and stand out all the time. And Chambers can do that for sure,” he said. “I knew he could do that. Then watching him on the basketball court last year, I finally had to say, ‘OK, we need to get the ball in his hands a bit. So it will be exciting.”
The tight end is also where Chambers plans to play next level.
“He spoke a bit at Indianapolis University,” Mannering said. “I can see his skills translate to this level of football. I think it will be really key to see him get a tight film because he hasn’t played in that position yet.”
Chambers looks forward to change.
“It’s been a big adjustment for me. I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I spoke to Coach recently and we weren’t able to fill all the spots so I’ve filled all the other spots. Being able to come here and play tight end is going to be a big adjustment and hopefully that I will be an asset on the pitch.”
Chambers will block for veteran guards Haden McClain, Cooper Frey, Cayde Ingram and quarterback Hillis.
Chambers will also be one of Hillis’ main targets. Keaton Lewellen also returns to wide receiver and basketball standout Tyson Good is also out for the football team this year.
“LJ is going to be a second-year starter now,” Chambers said, “so he’s got more experience under his belt and he’s a really good quarterback.”
The Kings went 3-6 last year, a one-win improvement from Mannering’s first season at the helm. But they finished strong with a victory over Twin Lakes in a Hoosier Conference crossover game and they lost 28-20 to a seven-win Delphi team in a division game.
“Right now we’re just trying to build on what we’ve got so far,” Chambers said. “Building on what we had last year, continuing to bring people in and growing with us. We look forward to a good year.”
Cass hosts Pioneer on August 19 to open the season. Last year’s game was canceled due to Team Cass quarantining. Pioneer leads the all-time series 8-7.
“This game is one of the best of the year,” Chambers said. “It’s a county rivalry, you see the guys all the time. It’s a game you look forward to. We look forward to having a good four quarter game for the Pioneer game.”
Chambers will be one of the Kings’ key players this season.
“He’s a classic example of a three-year-old starter and he started in the second year before he was ready. Last year he was ready but didn’t have enough around him,” Mannering said. “This year he’s grown physically, he’s become a leader. When we show up to the weights in the morning, he jumps 10 guys out of his van. So he drives the team forward. He wants to win and he’s gotten really good for us.”