While Bethlehem Christian Academy football coach Don Garmon knows it takes time to build a successful program on the gridiron, the Knights’ mentor still has expectations for the 2012 season.

Garmon wants the team to qualify for the state playoffs and get a taste of what competing at that level is about. BCA took a step toward that goal in dismantling John Hancock Academy 68-0 last Friday in a GISA Region 1-A contest.

It was a school record for points as well as the program’s first region football victory. “We really needed that win,” Garmon said. “We are at the point where we are still learning to win. We need to learn how to get an early lead and then hold onto that advantage. I really think things are starting to come together for us. Being such a young program, the coaches have to put the players in the best positions possible to win and to make plays. We are just now building a winning tradition, but I see good things down the road for us.”

Even with the program in its infancy stage, Garmon has said since the preseason that making the state playoffs is a goal the team should aim for in 2012.

The Knights are currently 1-1 in region play. Friday’s win against John Hancock helped erase the disappointment of the 1-A opener in which BCA fell to David Emanuel 20-12.

Garmon’s team has four region games remaining, including a trek to Augusta this Friday to face Curtis Baptist. One final home game remains against Dawson Street on Oct. 26 before the team has its bye week. Road games against Nathanael Greene (Nov. 2) and preseason region favorite Thomas Jefferson (Nov. 9) remain before the postseason begins.

“We are still working and still trying to get better in all areas,” Garmon said.

In scouting Curtis Baptist for this week, Garmon said Friday’s opponent will have the size advantage.

“They will out-man us on both sides of the football,” Garmon said. “We will have to be ready for that. They have an athletic quarterback and running back. We will need to keep their quarterback from scrambling for big gains. This is an important game for us because it could put us a step closer to our goal of making it to the state playoffs.”

The Knights benefited from a complete team effort last week as several players scored touchdowns and contributed in various areas.

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