October 25, 2013

Consider the possibilities

Much more than bragging rights at stake as Southeast hosts Northwest


Providence Christian (1-4)

at Christian Heritage (5-2)

When Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy decided to drop its football program shortly before the start of the season, the teams on the Warriors’ schedule were left scrambling to fill out a 10th game.

Luckily for Christian Heritage coach Preston Poag, he had a number stored in his phone that helped him solve the problem for his Lions.

Ken Robinson spent eight years as an assistant coach at Gwinnett County private school powerhouse Greater Atlanta Christian before starting the football program at Lilburn’s Providence Christian Academy two years ago. Poag and Robinson met at a summer camp, and when the hole was created in Christian Heritage’s schedule, Poag knew who to call.

“They are a new program and are playing a non-region schedule, but I was really impressed with coach Robinson when I met him,” Poag said. “They are in a great area and are building their program the right way.”

The Storm began as a middle school program in 2011 and played a junior varsity schedule in 2012. Next year they’ll start region play in football as a Class A team — where they end up will be known later this fall when the Georgia High School Association goes through its latest round of reclassification — but are playing a seven-game schedule this season, with five junior varsity games and two varsity games.

Besides Christian Heritage, Providence Christian took on North Cobb — which like the Lions was scheduled to play Southwest Atlanta Christian — in varsity competition on Oct. 11, with North Cobb winning 41-21.

“We are still a very young team and have some talented players but they are inexperienced,” Robinson said. “It is the same thing every week for us — focus on the things you have control over and get better each week. Discipline doesn’t require any talent.”

Christian Heritage had its open date last Friday, a week after suffering a last-minute loss to Darlington in Sub-region 6A-A play.

“It was a real good time for us to have an off week,” Poag said. “We are going to be excited to get back on the field, and we will be very basic this week. We need to get back to what we do best, and that should be execution.”

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