After recording its first region win of the season, the Bethlehem Christian Academy football team is set to return home to battle a team which is currently ranked No. 2 in the state.
The Knights (3-3 overall, 1-1 in GISA Region 1-A) will host Curtis Baptist Friday at Legion Field in Monroe at 7:30 p.m. Coach Lance Fendley knows it will be a big challenge for his team, who is continuing to fight for its first-ever postseason berth.
The Curtis Baptist Crusaders enter the game 4-2 overall and 1-0 in Region 1-A after blanking Nathanael Greene 42-0 last week.
The signature win for Curtis Baptist this fall was a 27-22 victory against Frederica, the defending GISA Class A state champion.
“We’ve been waiting on this game a while,” Fendley said. “I think they are the best team in our classification. I’ve seen them in person and on tape. We say they are the best with respect, but not with fear. We are not going to shy away from them. Every team in the country has a desire to play and beat the best.”
The win against Frederica “speaks volumes” about Curtis Baptist, Fendley said. Both teams have lost to Westminster, Augusta and Augusta Prep, larger schools, this season.
“We will have to play assignment football,” Fendley said. “Our players who competed in the game last year remember it was a rough atmosphere. There were several penalties. We are looking forward to facing them again. We want to see what we are made of.”
Offensively, the Crusaders run a pro style, I-formation and rely on the run first.
“They use the run to set up the pass,” Fendley said. “They have a big, bruising fullback and a very good quarterback who’s been there a while. They have some weapons on offense.”
Defensively, the Crusaders use a 3-3 and 3-5 look.
“People have had success running the football against them,” Fendley said. “We will try to keep their offense off the field as long as we can. We will look to control the clock and keep our offense on the field. It will be a battle of who can make the fewest mistakes in the game.”