The Bethlehem Christian Academy football players have received about as much practice time as a squad could have in recent days.
The Knights held their on-campus camp and then traveled to Toccoa for more football work and team bonding. All in all, it was a lot to digest and even coach Lance Fendley said as much.
“We’ve been on a tough stretch,” Fendley said. “From July 28 until Aug. 5, we had two practices. That’s a lot of football. The kids responded, however. We were very physical during those days. We were blessed with some cooler weather during our camp here. It was hotter when we went to Toccoa.”
With BCA playing the first regular season football game in Barrow County this season, time is now of the essence. Fendley said almost all of the offense has been installed.
“We are to the point we are beginning to work on the formations of some opponents,” the second-year Knights coach said.
BCA, which opens the 2014 season Aug. 22 against Windsor Academy at home, will continue to use a spread offense, taking advantage of a short, quick passing game.
“We will look to throw in some new wrinkles as well,” Fendley said.
The Knights will take part in a preseason scrimmage Wednesday (today) at John Hancock Academy in Sparta against Thomas Jefferson at 6 p.m. Fendley said the scrimmage will be a controlled format with 10 minute quarters and a 15-minute halftime.
“It will be great for us to face a good opponent like Thomas Jefferson,” Fendley said. “They won’t be in the GISA this year, but we know what type of team they have each season. It will be a good test and challenge for us.”