Christian Life is hopeful that triple the experience means triple the success. And this year's varsity football team is stacked with three-year starters.
“We're tightening up things. We're working on finer points of the game, rather than installing base offense and base defense,” says Anthony Ambrogio, Christian Life Head Coach.
The Eagles have six starters back on offense and eight on defense.
“Brady Pond, our quarterback, we've got him coming back. Cameron Cassaro is another big playmaker we're counting on for defense. We have first team all-conference wide receiver, Isaiah Jones, coming back,” says Ambrogio.
Last season, Jones had 19 receptions for 504 yards and 7 touchdowns. And with a small receiving core, he'll see plenty of playing time.
“We only have three or four receivers, so it's pretty hard. Everyone's getting tired, and we've just got to keep going,” says Isaiah Jones, wide receiver.
“We're going to try to look to pass a little earlier possibly. We jumped on teams running the ball last year, and then we had no room to work on our pass up until the playoff games,” says Ambrogio.
Speed is not only the key for the offense but the entire team.
“We're not a big team, but we're going to get the job done. We're pretty quick,” says Ambrogio.
“We have a fast o line, fast backs, a fast quarterback, we're fast all across the field,” says Will Ingalls, linebacker.
The Eagles turned their reputation around last year going eight and one, but they're still looking for their first playoff win in school history.
“We're trying to improve this year and definitely make it a farther run in the playoff, so everyone is hyped and psyched. We know we've got the players here to do what we need to do,” says Ingalls.
“We all have that intensity. We know what we need to do. We've just got to put in the work, be intense, and go out there, and play football,” says Jones.
The Eagles open their season Friday against Marquette.