Trinity Christian athletics have been highlighted by its powerhouse basketball program for many years. But this season, marked the first year that football has been played in school history.
Eighth Grade football coach Kelly Sanders, among others began gauging students interest in football, last year, with the hope he could field a team for this coming season.Through emails, flyers, and face to face conversations, it turned out there was plenty of interest throughout the school to begin playing football.
"Lord willing we were able to get enough interest to start playing," Sanders said. "From eighth grade on down there were plenty of students who stepped up right off the bat that wanted to play."
In all, 10 eighth grade students, 14 seventh grade students and 24 fifth and sixth graders signed up for football this season. Not only was there serious interest from the students, but there was serious talent, as well. Trinity Christian's 8th grade football team just capped off an undefeated 7-0 season with a landslide victory at Anton last Thursday. Overall, Trinity Christian beat its opponents by more than 20 points per game.
"It really makes you proud of the kids," Sanders said. "They've been such a great group to coach and to have your first season go undefeated is incredibly special."
The football program isn't solidified, yet, however. The future of the football program is still in jeopardy as the school is still deciding how football fits into the school budget and the fact the team doesn't have a football field.
Still though, with the success the program saw this season and the growing support from faculty, students, parents and Trinity Christian supporters, the prospect of football in the future seems likely.
"They have a lot to consider and more goes into it than we know," Sanders said. "But it definitely helps (the undefeated season) grow the support from everybody for football."
If football is approved—they are hoping for a decision this spring—Trinity Christian's football program will begin as six-man. But with as many as 24 students already signed up for 5th and 6th grade football, the expectation is that 11-man football would be on the horizon.
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