Next fall, Lafayette Christian doesn’t want to be standing on the sideline.
The Cougars want to play. They also want something else from the 2020 football season.
“If we have a season – and I believe we will – we want to knock on the door of the state championship,” said Lafayette Christian head football coach Billy Bryant.
For the last two years the Cougars have played for the state title. Lafayette Christian has also finished second, two years in a row. That is an accomplishment, but winning it all is what the Cougars want to do different this year.
Bryant believes the Cougars will be good enough to take the state title with a little luck and a lot of hard work. Sweat will be required from the Cougars.
“We have a tradition, and we love the game. We develop our players. I enjoy watching my guys work together in the hot sun. We want to build, and we want to win the state championship,” said Bryant.
So what do the Cougars need to do between now and next fall, other than pray for the end of the coronavirus crisis?
“We need to get quicker. We need to get in the weight room. I expect my players to say what they mean and mean what they say,” remarked Bryant. “They have got to earn it every day. We need to get determined.”
The boys from LCS also need to play some Cougar football. They plan to.
“We have a spirit of anticipation. We have a spirit of optimism. Our school is blessed with all-around athletes. We are going to play some ‘hit you in the face football.’ Our guys are contributing to a successful program,” said Bryant.
Lafayette Christian has 23 players who are buying in to the Cougar football process. The LCS boys knocked out an 8-2 record last year. The Cougars want much more next season, as does Billy Bryant.
The Cougar football team returns eight starters on offense and defense. And that spunky group includes junior quarterback Jacob Karvelas, senior offensive lineman Kamal Parham (5-foot-11, 260 pounds), senior wide receiver Luke Taunton and senior fullback Ben Dixon.
Karvelas is one of the pigskin keys for Lafayette Christian.
“He is versatile. Jacob has good football sense, and he has an accurate throwing arm,” said Bryant.
The vaunted running game is also intact for the Cougars. Dixon rushed for 1,000 yards last season. Teammate and halfback Cason Firth, a rising senior, also rambled for 1,000 yards last year for LCS.
“Cason and Ben are strong, and they run hard,” said Bryant.
Lafayette Christian is also returning some fast and physical players on defense. Sophomore Braden Firth will be back at linebacker. Nathan Karvelas also returns at linebacker for the Cougars, along with Parham at nose guard.
The LCS boys are loaded with talent and motivation. They will be a state championship contender next season. Billy Bryant can’t wait to coach the Cougars.
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