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Tuscaloosa Christian tangles with Tabernacle Christian


Tuscaloosa Christian running back Brandon Boman, left, runs the ball during practice on Tuesday. The Warriors open their season tonight against Tabernacle Christian. (Photo by Natalie Nichols)


COTTONDALE | Coach Hunter Christian and his Tuscaloosa Christian Warriors need a live football game to improve.

Tuscaloosa Christian, which plays the eight-man style in the Christian Football Association, starts a new season against Tabernacle Christian in Gardendale.

"I don’t think if we had another week we could be more prepared than we are now," Christian said. "We’re just ready to hit somebody in a different color. We’re tired of hitting our friends. We’re ready to hit Tabernacle.

"Everybody’s team looks great on paper. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. Right now we don’t know if we’ve been changed or not because we haven’t been challenged."

If the Warriors need extra incentive, Tabernacle Christian is the defending champion in the CFA.

"We’ve been working on trying to make ourselves better, but at the same time we love having the first game mean so much because it’s easy to motivate them during the summer and keep them going during the fall practices," Christian said. "We’ll have some guys going both ways, but we’re deeper than we were last year, and our senior leadership is great. We have guys like Chase Cronan and Michael Bennett, who are constantly pushing the guys. We’ve got a senior quarterback, Jordan Potter, who’s just cool under pressure. We’ve got some good running backs who are really unproven yet, but I believe they’re going to have a good show this year."

Bennett will play at fullback on offense and at linebacker on defense. Cronan is an offensive and defensive lineman. Potter could see action on defense at cornerback. Freedom Woods and Brandon Boman are running backs.

"We use our quarterbacks as what we call the ‘Q’ back, which is just another tailback," Christian said. "We really have two tailbacks and a fullback. We’ll direct snap it and use misdirection as much as we will pass it."

Probable starters on the offensive line are center Josh Foust, and guards Tyler Tubbs and Steven Pierce. Callaway Newman and Andrew Mason are receivers.

Gabe Foster will play on offense as a tight end, but Christian said Foster will anchor the defense as a linebacker. Boyd Banks will play at linebacker, and Fernando Woods and Paul Gonnering will see action on the defensive line.

Bradley Davis is back for his second year as offensive coordinator. Christian said that for the second straight year his staff includes former players that he coached.

"That makes it easy on me because they’re screaming things that I screamed at them a few years ago," Christian said. "They know what we expect. I’m not having to familiarize people every year with how we do things, how we carry ourselves, how we practice, the intensity we want. Stability is key to success."

 

Reach Andrew Carroll at andrew.carroll@tuscaloosanews.com or at 205-722-0223.