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Arsenault debuts with Warriors


COTTONDALE | David Arsenault has been involved with the Tuscaloosa Christian School football program as a player and as an assistant. Tonight marks his debut as the Warriors’ head coach.

Tuscaloosa Christian starts a new season on the road, facing King’s Way Christian School at 6 in Douglasville, Ga.

Arsenault, who coached the linebackers and special teams last year, took over the program after Hunter Christian left to take a job with the University of Alabama.

Arsenault will serve as defensive coordinator, while Joel Worthington will direct the offense.

“I don’t have to worry about the behind-the-scenes stuff,” Arsenault said. “I just have to get them up there.

“I have some advantages, being new. The coach (Trevor Read) over there, it’s his 10th year with the program, so I can kind of expect him to do some of the same things he did last year. I’m sure there will be some changes, but people tend to stick with the program. He really has no idea what to expect from us, so he’ll probably get a few new looks. I’d say Coach Worthington has done a great job with the offense.”

King’s Way capitalized on numerous turnovers last year and won 66-25.

The Warriors started fall practice on July 22, and Arsenault said it’s time to find out what his players can do in a live game.

“There have been some surprises as far as who’s stood out, who’s going to help and contribute a lot this year,” he said. “I started to feel positive about certain aspects, but then I have to realize that you really can’t tell until see them go against another team of starters.

“This team has been one of the best teams I’ve seen as far as they all get along really well. There’s definitely a chemistry there.”

Arnsenault said Gabe Foster is “not a surprise” because he’s expected to contribute as a running back and linebacker.

“He’s going to be a big help this year,” Arsenault said. “I’ve really been impressed with Hunter Sample. He’s a safety and quarterback. He’s just a great football player. He doesn’t have a ton of size, but there’s that difference between an athlete and a football player. He’s got the football mindset. I think Seth Durant’s going to be a big help for us.”

Durant will play at running back and linebacker.

Arsenault said he wants to see how his players react to negative situations.

“It’s hard to make them face that in practice — a bad turnover, a bad call, a turnover on downs — that type of stuff,” he said. “Poise will be a factor. I’ll kind of get to see how well I prepared them as far as conditioning. We’ll see how they last for four quarters because we’re going to ask a lot of guys to play on both sides of the ball the whole game.”

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