As spring practices get started around the area, I will be taking a look at each in the Valley Preps Blog. This is the second in the series, which will look at one team per day.
Team name: Calvary Christian Knights
Record: 5-6 (two losses came via forfeit)
How finished in region: 2nd
Playoff result: Lost to Loganville Christian in ICSGA state semifinals
Key losses: LB Xavieus Duncan (141 tackles, 1st team All-Bi-City, 1st team All-State), ATH Duncan Newton (1,297 yards and 9 touchdowns rushing, 379 yards and 9 touchdowns receiving, 1st team All-Bi-City, 1st team All-State), K Jeremy Walkers (2nd team All-Bi-City), QB Jacob Ammons (909 yards and 13 touchdowns passing), FB/LB Justin Moss (100 tackles)
Key returnees: TE/LB Andrew Walsh, TE/LB Joshua Mixon, OL/DL Mason Kent, OL/DL Clayton Barefield, RB/CB Jeffrey Scott
My take: Like Brookstone, Calvary Christian is tasked with replacing its quarterback and nearly its entire rushing attack in the offseason.
That will be goal No. 1 at spring practice.
Coach Brian Osborne has one running back returning (Scott), but it will be a whole new game outside of that.
Fortunately for Osborne and the Knights, they have plenty coming back on the offensive and defensive fronts.
“That’s a huge comfort for me, knowing we can at least open up the holes,” Osborne said.
They say football is won in the trenches, so that bodes well for Calvary Christian in its third season as a varsity sport.
It will also be the team’s first spring practice period with the knowledge that it can have postseason success.
That can’t be underestimated.
Despite forfeiting two games last season, which appeared as if it would derail the team’s season halfway through, the Knights battled in the second half of the season and into the postseason to make the GISA state semifinals.
Despite losing so much offense, that will again be the measurement of success for this program on the rise.
Follow along every day for a look at football teams around the Bi-City area. Follow David on Twitter @leprepsports.
April 29: Brookstone