The Bethlehem Christian Academy Knights have ushered in spring football practice as the team prepares to move up this fall.
BCA returned to the practice field Monday and will return to work Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The team was off Wednesday.
Second-year head coach Lance Fendley will guide his team in GISA Class AAA this upcoming season after playing at the Class A level in 2013.
The first day for full contact work this spring will be Thursday. The Knights will have the chance to close out spring with scrimmages against Thomas Jefferson and Covenant Academy. The scrimmages will be hosted by Thomas Jefferson Friday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. It will be the last time BCA will get to compete against the two schools in any sport as both are leaving the GISA for a newly-formed association.
“We are looking forward to good competition this spring,” Fendley said. “We want to learn how to play fast.”
In other BCA football news, work is now ongoing on an on-campus football stadium for the program. The grading part is being done presently. Athletic director Mark Barth said the plan is to play home games on campus this fall. As a backup, the Knights would continue playing at the former Monroe Area High School Stadium in Walton County.
“We are excited about having a stadium on campus,” Barth said. “We may not have everything in place this year such as the pressbox, but we think we can have home football games. That will be exciting for fans, students and the entire school. It’s a big step for us athletically.”
BCA players have already been involved with offseason weight training, working four days a week.
Fendley said he will likely have 24 players this spring. That number will increase this summer as some players will still be involved in baseball.
Several key players, including Mitchell Kamm, Ben Morgan and Austin Schwebel, will have to be replaced.
BCA will practice this spring at Bethlehem First United Methodist Church. The regular season opener is Aug. 22 at home against Windsor Academy of Macon.