Football is a team sport but that doesn’t mean you don’t have individuals who excel.
It takes the individuals working as a whole for the team to be successful and the growing football program at Bethlehem Christian Academy has just that working for it.
The Knights improved to 2-2 overall last Friday with a 12-6 victory against Central Fellowship, an opponent which entered the game undefeated. It was a gritty defensive effort by BCA which sent the Lancers back to Macon with their first setback of 2013.
The Knights were not moving offensively in the second half and had to rely on their defense to win the game. The defense answered the challenge.
Ben Morgan, who has been one of the standout players for coach Lance Fendley this fall, had three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown in the third quarter. Those points proved to be the difference in the contest.
Morgan, playing safety, read Central Fellowship’s quarterback well and was able to be in the right spots to make plays.
In addition to Morgan’s effort, BCA got another standout performance by first-year team member Mitchell Kamm. While it was the first time in four games that Kamm did not rush for 100 yards, his contributions in other areas made a huge difference in the outcome.
Kamm made play after play defensively and also made several big punts. Kamm, who also handles kickoff duties, seldom leaves the field for the Knights.
Austin Schewebel also continues to be a part of the team’s success. The senior is a major force on the offensive and defensive lines and, like teammates Kamm and Morgan, had several tackles last week, including multiple tackles for negative yardage.
Other players who contributed defensively included Griffin Wilson and Jesse Ferguson.
Quarterback Dakota Parten continues to improve with each contest and is learning the ins and outs of the spread offense used by the Knights. It’s more difficult to be a high school quarterback than many realize and one good thing about Parten is he has more seasons to play after 2013.
“The program is coming along,” Fendley said. “We are only in our third year and to be 2-2 at this point is a positive going into region play. We believe we can make some noise in the region this year and want to get to the playoffs.”
These players all believe in the team concept and that is helping make BCA football a success during its early stages.
“It’s great to see the team enjoying success,” Fendley said after Friday’s win. “Hopefully, we will be successful in region and set ourselves up for the state playoffs. Our goal is to make the postseason for the first time.”
Chris Bridges is sports editor of the Barrow Journal. Send comments about this column to him at email@example.com.
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