It was a year to forget for Lancaster Christian Academy’s football team.
A new head coach and several newcomers will try to let the Knights do just that.
Coming off a 1-8 season, Chad Watson replaced former coach Rick Butler in the offseason. Butler resigned after the season and has since accepted the defensive coordinator position at Coffee County.
It won’t be an easy task for Watson and his staff. The Knights have less than 25 players on the roster and have a schedule that includes Christ Presbyterian Academy, Donelson Christian Academy and Franklin County — a 6A school. LCA is an independent school that isn’t a member of the TSSAA.
“I want our guys to develop a mindset whether if we think we are better than somebody or they are way beyond us that we treat them with respect and not let other teams dictate how we play,” said Watson, who is a former assistant at Macon County. “We want to get better and our goal is to be in the game in the fourth quarter.
“If you are in the game in the fourth quarter, you have a good chance to win.”
Lancaster Christian will run a hybrid offense of a double wing with the spread.
“Our whole mindset is it to be simple terminology for us, but for it to be confusing for our opponents,” Watson said. “The learning curve has gone quick. We’re trying to keep things simple. We don’t want our guys sitting around thinking about stuff. We want them reacting and playing football.”
Demetrius Rogers, who transferred in from Hunters Lane in the offseason, will be the Knights’ quarterback. He adds tremendous speed at the position. Wingbacks Deante McDade and Rion Robinson will split time at one wingback position while Hayden McGee is the other wingback.
“We are making progress every day,” said Rogers, who also is a basketball player at LCA. “I think we’re going to do good things.
“It’s a big difference from being at Hunters Lane. But that doesn’t matter. I just have to be ready to play.”
Eric Evans, a Pearl-Cohn transfer, is slated to be a receiver with Trevaugh Tussie, who is looked on as a leader for the team. And Tyler Drown, a Macon County transfer, adds a physical pressence in the backfield at fullback.
“I think I fell right into this spot since everyone is having to learn a new system,” Evans said. “It’s been sort of an easy journey.”
Ian Goodman and Jay Turner anchor the offensive line for the Knights. Jacob Sharp also is expected to be a strength up front.
Defensively, Drown, Sharp are the Knights’ linebackers.
Defensive lineman Buba Camera is the Knights’ anchor on the defensive front. Evans and Rogers will be at safety