September 28, 2006
Douglas -- After an almost 30 year absence, football has returned at Citizens Christian school here in Douglas. Starting a football program is not easy but the one thing the Patriots have is the support of the community.
During his school days at Citizens Christian senior Spencer Hutto has played on the baseball, basketball, and the golf teams. But he is very happy to have a chance to be on the school's first football team in three decades.
"Very excited," he said. "I know for one I really appreciate the fan support that we have had."
The men teaching the game of football to Hutto and his teammates are head coach Chad Chadwell and assistant coach Neal Graham. "We have very of first time football players. So, they are learning and as a coaching staff we are learning," said Chadwell.
The learning takes place on a practice field that includes a goal post made out of PVC pipe. But this lot will look very different this time next year.
Chadwell says, "Some private contributors bought the land and let us use the land and they are going to build a facility here for us that is going to host our home games, and we have somebody who is going to donate the lights for us. And we will be able to play, next year, our home games here."
Besides a stadium, a weight room will also be built at the school. "We don't lack for a lot of things that new schools or programs do."
The one thing Citizens Christian is lacking is their first ever win, but the players believe that first victory and others can happen in their very first season.
"My goal is to at least make a playoff spot. We set our goals high, our expectations high. Especially for a first year school," Hutto said.
Citizens Christian will host Randolph-Southern Saturday night at Jardine Stadium.