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Calvary Christian excited for first chance against local opponent

Calvary Christian linebacker Crawford Ledbetter goes through a drill on Tuesday at the team’s practice.
Calvary Christian linebacker Crawford Ledbetter goes through a drill on Tuesday at the team’s practice. dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.com

During the offseason, Calvary Christian coach Brian Osborne set out to rectify something he viewed as a problem with the team’s schedule.

While he said he had great respect for some of the teams the Knights were playing in the past, the fact was his team wasn’t being challenged like it needed to in order to prepare for a championship push.

So, he and his coaching staff searched out some new opponents. The first place he called was Glenwood, a rival in other sports, but a program his football team had not yet faced in its first five years of existence.

The Knights, in fact, had never played a Bi-City team in football, preventing it from establishing a true rival.

The hope is that Friday night, which will mark the first meeting between the Glenwood and Calvary football teams, will establish an exciting game that can carry on into the future. The game is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Len McWilliams Field on the Calvary campus.

We can play someone near us. Some of these guys grew up together or went to the same schools

Brian Osborne, Calvary Christian coach, on playing another Bi-City team for the first time

“That’s what we’re mostly excited about,” Osborne said. “… We can play someone near us. Some of these guys grew up together or went to the same schools. They’re excited about it.”

After the Knights won their season-opener in blowout fashion against Johnson Ferry, the players started talking about Glenwood, Osborne said.

“They said it’s Glenwood time,” he said. “They wanted to start focusing on that. They’ve been looking forward to this for a long time.”

And, linebacker Crawford Ledbetter said, there’s been just the slightest bit of playful banter between the two teams. Some players know each other, he said, and there’s been some excitement about seeing old faces.

“Just a little bit,” Ledbetter said with a smile when asked about the chatter going on between the teams. “Playful banter, stuff going around. We’ll see what happens Friday night, though. That’s where the talking really happens.”

There will be a handful of surprises when it comes to the Knights on Friday. While the team has already played one game and displayed some of its playbook, which featured much more of an aerial attack than past years, Osborne said the team is still installing some of its playbook on offense and defense.

“This is a non-region game, so we’ll be doing some experimenting out there with some stuff that can help us get ready for region play,” he said.

On the other sideline, though, it’s a bit more of a mystery. With a new head coach, Jason Gibson, manning the sidelines for the Gators, there isn’t a lot to go off of for Osborne and his staff. The one thing Osborne knows is that the Gators will be disciplined and prepared.

“I can tell you one thing, Coach Gibson is going to have them prepared and ready to go,” Osborne said. “He is a professional coach who knows what he’s doing. He’s going to be able to make adjustments as the game goes along, so we know as a coaching staff that we’re going to have to be at our best this Friday night.”

David Mitchell: 706-571-8571, @leprepsports

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