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Northside Christian Excited About Moving Up To 11- man Football

By Chris Dearing

Special Contributor

Lexington--The Northside Christian Crusaders football team has a little extra pep in their step with spring football practice underway. Not only are they getting an early start on the 2018 season, the Crusaders are moving from 8-man football to 11-man football this season.

“I know you probably hear this often, but our administration has been awesome,” second-year coach Stacy Bell said. “Everyone around this school isn’t looking at the next five days, they’re looking at the next five or ten years and where our program will be at that time.”

It’s a fairly huge step moving to 11-man football, but Bell has had 25 players out for spring football. He expects to carry anywhere from 22 to 30 players next season and he has some cornerstones in place already. Northside Christian played in 8-man state championship last season and finished with a 7-6 record.

Bell replaced legendary prep coach Jerry Brown, who helped start the program at Northside Christian.

Running backs Noah Powell and Ty Walker return and are multiple sport athletes that Bell will count on heavily. Powell also plays linebacker.

Blake Austin steady’s the offensive line with Thomas Kodman being one of the top wide outs.

On the defensive side of the ball, Caleb Pautejo provides leadership and Christian Hampton joins Powell to form a solid linebacking corp.

Thorton Dyches and Corey Black help in the secondary.

Bell is excited to get his team prepared for the first contest against Hilton Head Prep.

“Things couldn’t be better this spring,” he said. “Our numbers are up, and the kids are excited. We will have our own facility this year and that means a lot to them. I think things are just going to keep improving around here.”

Bell was also quick to point to the work of his assistants. Angelo Anderson (Defensive Coordinator), Seth Smalls (Offensive line), Adrian Despres (Defensive line), Andy Walker (Wide Receivers) and Charles Gee (Defensive backs) keep things in line.

“We can trace our success to those guys,” Bell said. “They care for the kids and do what is best for them at all times. I can’t wait to get this started in the fall.”

 

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