Monday, August 18, 2008

Calvary To Run Single Wing

Already 1-0, Eagles ready for first game


Published: August 15, 2008

Last year Calvary Christian School started its eight-man football program.

Plagued by low numbers and hurt by injuries, the team played a full schedule, but failed to win a game.

That won’t be the case this season. Without even putting on the pads, Calvary is already 1-0 for the year.

“Crossgate out of Hot Springs, closed and we were able to pick up a forfeit win,” said Calvary coach Greg Mills. “But we don’t want to be satisfied with that. We want to win some games on the playing field.”

Calvary returns seven players from last year’s squad, and has added some new faces, including a pair of transfers, Josh Jackson from Lee Academy and Joey Roper from Texas.

The Eagles will host Southwest Christian Academy Monday, Aug. 18 in their season opener at Eagle Field. The game will kickoff at 5 p.m.

The Eagles will dress out 14 players for the game, seventh through 12th grade, and Mills said everyone will play.

“Obviously, some more than others, but we have a couple of seventh graders who will contribute for us this season.”

The Eagles have been on the practice field since mid-July in preparation for Monday’s opener.

“I think we are a much better team this season,” Mills said. “We will score some points, I have no doubt about that. Our problem area will be our tackling, just like last season. It’s hard to work on that with just 14 kids.”

Calvary will run mostly from the Single Wing offensive set, which Mills said “gives the quarterback a lot of options.”

Mills said returning starter Jeremy Barnett and Cody Jackson will be the two key backfield elements this season.

“Both will probably run quarterback and both will line up at tailback,” Mills said. Cody is a little faster and has looked good so far. Jeremy is just a good heads up player.”

Calvary is also fielding an eight-man, elementary flag football team again this season for youths in the third through sixth grade.

The Elementary Eagles will be coached by Joseph Borders and will open the season Monday, Sept. 8.

Before returning to football last season, Calvary played one year of six-man football in 2000.
Calvary Christian School 1611 N Washington St Forrest City, AR 72335

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