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Posted 22 May 2009 - 11:51 PM

http://waltontribune...f7b527d44413908

Lions changing to JV schedule next fall

By Preston Towns
The Walton Tribune

Published May 17, 2009

LOGANVILLE — In Henry IV, Shakespeare had Falstaff say, “The better part of valor is discretion …”

Second-year Loganville Christian Academy athletic director Andre King may have had that sentiment in mind when he announced the LCA football team will play a junior varsity school schedule in the 2009 season.

The Lions, with an 0-10 record in Georgia Independent Schools Association play last year, made the move prompted by what King said are concerns over safety of his players.

“We were playing against much larger schools and our size and the relative inexperience of our players made the safety of our boys a major issue,” said King.

Frequently, the LCA sideline at last year’s games seemed to have as many players on crutches as not.

The Lions opened spring football practice last Monday and will culminate 10 days of practice with a spring game, hosting Arlington Christian Academy May 21 on the LCA campus.

The Lions lost a number of key players to graduation but King says his backfield is returning, almost completely intact.

“Dylan Adcock, Cody Eberhardt and Matt Kirkland will be the core of our team,” King said.

Hunter Cook, Braden Berry and Brett Gealey are returning players on whom King is counting to make significant contributions.

King said a decision on moving up to a varsity schedule will be made year-to-year based on the growth of LCA and the preparedness of the Lions to play at the next level.

“If a kid is trying to decide if LCA is where he wants to play football, the first thing he and his family, should think about is that he will have a long life after football is over,” said King. “This school will help prepare him for that life. Just look at the athletic and scholastic scholarships our graduates have been awarded and I think you’ll find we stack up against almost anyone,” said King. “Plus, a kid will get a chance to play here. We currently have 16 players on the roster and some of our players will never leave the field, between offense, defense and special teams. We need more players.”