Football is like a Family at Athens Christian

October 27th, 2014 | By Gary No Comments

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For a small private school, Athens Christian has an impressive football team this year. Sure, they have a large senior class, but that is still only 15 out of a total of 45 players. With a team that few in number, everyone gets to play and just about everyone gets to play both sides of the ball (offense and defense).

Head Coach Chris Williams doesn’t see this as negative. “I see this as an advantage,” says Williams. “First, I think the kids really grow a lot from playing multiple positions. Second, it’s given us some opportunities to use younger players who step into special team roles or roles where we are trying to rest an upperclassman, and these kids are learning ‘this is my role’ and ‘this is what I can do to help my team.’ This is a valuable growing experience for them.”

The team has had a taste of the playoffs the past couple of years, and this year they have a desire to take the next step and go a lot further. To get there, Coach Williams and his staff really emphasize the importance of the team growing like a family. “If we are going to have the kind of success and have the kind of season our boys want to have, then we are going to have to continue to grow as a family, grow as one, be willing to understand that concept as a team,” says Coach Williams.

Building that bond and trust is made a little easier because almost all of the athletes at Athens Christian play multiple sports.
This means they are not only well balanced athletically, but they also really know each other well. Coach Williams also credits the 15 seniors who have shown solid leadership this year for the team. Working together as a family seems to be working. As of October 1, Athens Christian is 2-1 in their region with wins over both Athens Academy and Prince Avenue Christian. Their only Region 8–A loss was 7-10 to Commerce, which was ranked #3 in the state. We hope the ACS football team continues to have a great season and look forward to cheering them on in the playoffs.

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