Summer is usually a time of rest and relaxation for students, however this was not the case for the particular Community Christian Knights football team.
The players worked hard throughout the summer in weight training and preseason practices. The CCS soccer team is constantly going above and beyond to improve in every area.
The players and coaching staff have been preparing for the 2022 season since January, when bodybuilding classes began. The team also participated in many summer workouts and spring practices. This additional training has especially improved the Knights’ special teams unit. Specifically, field goal kicker Corbyn Kennedy has greatly improved his kicking skills. During this summer training, Corbyn was able to convert several 45-yard field goals, which is a personal best for him.
These talented youngsters are being mentored by a host of highly experienced coaches. Coach Richie Lankford, the running backs coach, has been with the CCS football team for five years and has been a football coach for a total of 18 years. When asked about the current team, he had this to say: “This team has definitely seen some improvements. We have worked hard in the pre-season and we are ready to surprise our opponents.”
A new addition to the CCS coaching staff is line coach Corey Chapman, who other coaches believe will “turn this team around.”
Coach Sean Bruce returns for his second season as head coach of the CCS Knights football team. He has been a soccer coach at various schools for 25 years. Bruce was very focused on improving the team in the offseason this year. Due to this additional training, the CCS soccer team is stronger, faster, and more aggressive than in previous seasons.
However, Bruce’s focus is not just on the field. One of his main goals as head coach is to foster the growth of his players physically, mentally and, most importantly, spiritually.
“I want my players to not only grow as athletes, but also as men and as Christians,” Bruce said.
Bruce also makes it a priority to promote a sense of unity among the team, most notably through his “Burn the Boat” motto. This phrase encourages players to stick together, even when times are tough.
The CCS soccer team, with a large majority of returning players and coaches from last year, showed its improvement in the August 26 season opener, winning 14-8 over Cross Keys.