The first game of the 2014 season is now less than a month away and the anticipation is building for the Bethlehem Christian Academy football team.
In fact, one could clearly hear the excitement in coach Lance Fendley’s voice as he talked about recent work done by his Knights.
“We have really been getting after it,” the coach said. “We recently took part in a 7-on-7 competition and it was an eye opener for our kids. It was the first time we had a chance to see some of the AAA opponents we are going to be facing. We had some highs and lows, but in the last 20 minutes we scored three touchdowns and didn’t give up any.”
Competing against opponents like The Heritage School of Newnan and Community Christian was “good for our kids,” Fendley said.
“When we got back from competing, it was like a switch was turned for our players,” the coach said. “We started lifting hard and had more of an edge to us. We don’t have any 6-5, 220 pounders or a linebacker that can run a 4.2. What we have is a different type of team. Our numbers are up and we are able to actually practice 11-on-11 now. It’s a completely different atmosphere at our practices.”
Fendley is entering his second season as head coach of the Knights and third overall with the program. He was the offensive coordinator in 2012. One of his goals as the program’s head coach is to install an overall winning mentality among his players and not allow for any excuses when it comes to not winning.
“Being in AAA doesn’t mean we should expect to win,” the coach said. “We just have to be more prepared.”
The team is in the middle of preseason camp this week. Players and coaches will then depart Aug. 3 for a trip to Toccoa.
During the camp at school, Fendley said the goal will be to “get physical.” The camp away from school will give the players a chance to bond, pick captains and “have a little fun,” he said.