Coach Bryan Horton is calling it a “leap of faith” as Community Christian School is reviving its six-man football program after hanging up the cleats several years ago due to low numbers.
“We should have around 13 players this season,” Horton said. “We’ve had several players ask us to bring back the program and this year it appears we will have enough players to field a team.”
Starting a football program over from scratch is more like a “triple-jump” than it is a “leap of faith.” Luckily the new addition of the Warriors have the equipment to play and will need to dust it and coach Horton’s playbook off a little.
Bringing back six-man football makes sense to Horton and new athletic director Brian Rodricks who are seeking to have a well-rounded athletic program. Rodricks is taking the boy’s AD reins from Horton who will concentrate on breathing life back into the school’s football program.
“Yeah, I’m a little scared, but I excited about it at the same time,” Horton said. “I’m looking forward to coaching my son and his friends.”
Up until a few weeks ago, Horton was officially retired, and now he’s scrambling around doing all those preseason checks coaches do in preparation for the start of fall football practice.
Joe Gonzales will serve as Horton’s assistant as the two work toward getting the offensive and defensive schemes ready.
While the initial version of the Warriors went only six years at the varsity level, it produced two players that went on to play at the collegiate level.
The Warriors are slated for a salty schedule with teams like Stephenville Faith (seven state titles in eight years) and Strawn’s JV (two-time defending state champions at the varsity level) in the mix.
Community Christian’s first scrimmage will be at Victory Christian Decatur on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m.
So how does Horton hope to see the Warriors’ first season back play out?
“More important than the wins is excellence,” Horton said. “Football teaches players the full concept of teamwork and that’s one of the reasons I love the game so much. We want to go out there and get better each week and to play for each other.”
Local home-schooled athletes who might be interested in playing football for the Warriors can find out more information by contacting Rodricks by email at email@example.com.
Community Christain School’s phone number is (940)328-1333. the school’s address 2501 Garrett Morris Pkwy in Mineral Wells.