CULLMAN CHRISTIAN GOING FOR ANOTHER WINNING SEASON IN 6-MAN FOOTBALL:
CULLMAN CHRISTIAN LIONS:
2013 SEASON: 5-4, 5-3 in Alabama Christian Education Association.
2014: Lions will compete in Alabama Christian Education Association:
COACH: Chase Cantrell (12-6 @ CCS, 2 seasons)
DAY NINE OF FALL WORKOUTS: Cullman Christian has a practice area located above Cullman Youth Football Stadium next to West Elementary School.
The Lions held a two-hour practice Thursday with the season to begin in a week at Huntsville Academy. It will be the first ever meeting on the gridiron for the two as Huntsville is a newcomer to the Alabama Christian Education Association.
The Lions have six players with two years of battle in this style of football. What Cantrell is counting on this season will be depth with five reserves and to avoid any type of injury.
Having a nine-man roster last season was challenging when a couple of injuries effected the Lions late in the season. They lost two of their final three games and only fell to the eventual state champion Victory Christian from Millbrook by a score of 44-27 with seven people to take part in the playoff game.
Will Siegenthaler leads the Lions. The quarterback racked up 2,000 yards throwing the ball last season with 22 touchdowns and gave the team another weapon in rushing for almost 1,000 yards.
Luke Barlow and Brett Perry will be the running backs in the six-man offense with the Lions to use different formations to execute and put points on the scoreboard.
With a lineup that is experienced, Cantrell believes the Lions will be competitive throughout the season and have a golden opportunity to make an impact in the playoffs.
"We should be able to compete for a state championship if we stay healthy. We have never had a player to have a season-ending injury. We run before and after practice to help us in our conditioning."
The Lions will have three games at Cullman Youth Stadium. They were 4-0 at home last season. A game with Chilton Christian Academy will be on Saturday, Oct. 11 and will be played at West Point High School.
A conflict with exams forced the game to moved to a Saturday. The Lions also share the field with the Cullman Bearcats in youth football. The Bearcats are home that weekend.
They were able to get in touch with West Point Principal Heith Yearwood to use the home of the Warriors a day after West Point plays host to Russellville.
The 2014 playoffs in the ACEA will begin on Halloween with the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds hosting. The Lions had the fourth best record in conference play last year, 5-3, that punched their first ticket to the postseason.
2014 CULLMAN CHRISTIAN SCHEDULE:
Aug. 21 - @ Huntsville Academy
Aug. 29 - @ Faith Academy
Sept. 5 - Victory Christian
Sept. 12 - @ Clay County Christian
Sept. 19 - @ Brooklane Baptist
Sept. 26 - Marion Academy
Oct. 3 - Conecuh Springs Christian
Oct. 11 - Chilton Christian Academy *
Oct. 24 - @ Cahawba Academy
Game time is 7 p.m. per contest.
* Game will be at West Point Stadium