Rockford Christian Starting Over With New Coach

ROCKFORD-Every football team takes it's lumps it seems when it first joins the Big Northern Conference. Ask Lutheran and North Boone. Rockford Christian's first two seasons in the conference have resulted in one win. But that hasn't discouraged the kids from coming back for more. And it didn't discourage Brett Frederick from accepting the job of coaching the Royal Lions this year.

"I guess at this point in my career there is no challenge that I haven't been confronted by," says Frederick.

He was the head coach at Pecatonica for 12 years. He had four playoff teams there, but his final season Pecatonica forfeited it's final few games, because it ran out of healthy players. Frederick is excited about this new chapter in his career.

"I just love coaching football. I love being around the young men and creating those relationships."

The players can sense that already.

(Mike Risum, FB/LB) "Yea definitely. We've improved as a team you know. Like today's the first day of school and everyone's out here on time ready to practice, ready to get things done," says fullback/linebacker Mike Risum. "In the past things weren't always perfect, but it seems like things are running a lot smoother this year."

Risum will be a rock for the Royal Lions at fullback and inside linebacker. Nolan Gazouski was the starting quarterback last year. This year he moves to receiver to take advantage of his 6-6 frame. He and 6-4 Aaron Johnson might form the tallest receiving combo in the Stateline.

"I think it's going to make it challenging for teams with a couple larger receivers," says Frederick.

Taking over at quarterback is junior Patrick McMahon to run the spread offense.

"We've got what I believe is a very tough quarterback that will provide both a run and a throwing threat," says Frederick.

On defense Keegan Reckinger at inside linebacker and end Nick Kuchenreuther will be impact players.

"We will lack depth, and we'll have to stay healthy, but we do have a few things to offer that's for sure," says Frederick.

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