The Bethlehem Christian Academy football team will return to action Friday night as the Knights host Covenanat Academy of Macon.
BCA (0-1) was off last week and it came at a good time, coach Lance Fendley said. Already dealing with an ankle injury starting quarterback Dakota Parten suffered in the season opener, the Knights had to deal with several players being sick this week.
“We had several players with the flu and colds and such,” Fendley said. “We tried to piece it together last week in practice. We had some film sessions. We went back to work Monday. Hopefully everyone is on the road to recovery.”
The BCA coaching staff watched Covenant Academy play Friday in a 42-0 loss to Curtis Baptist.
“The coaches started game planning Saturday,” Fendley said.
Parten continues to heal from his ankle injury but Fendley said Monday afternoon he expected his quarterback to be able to play this Friday.
“If he keeps icing it, we think he will be fine,” the coach said.
While Covenant enters the game 0-2, Fendley has respect for this week’s foe.
“They have a good head (Wes Tanner) who came from an established and successful program,” Fendley said. “They have 22 players who play hard. Their quarterback, tailback and slotback are all good. They will run out of the I formation with some option and toss sweeps. Every once in a while they will reach back and throw it. They are very simple in what they do, but they are going to do those things well because they work on them so much.”
Tanner was the defensive coordinator at Piedmont Academy during the team’s back-to-back GISA Class AA state titles in 2010 and 2011.
He is Covenant’s third head coach in as many years and is trying to give the program some needed stability.
“Defensively, they run a 50 shade look, mainly a 3-4,” Fendley said. “They are good against the run. They are a little weaker against the pass. Defensively, we can’t take them lightly. If we take care of business we can have a good game. It’s like anyone else, if we do our job we should be fine.”
The Knights are coming off a 42-6 setback to Augusta Prep in their season opener Aug. 23. Both teams will look to get into the win column this week. Covenant Academy won last season’s matchup 28-27.