After two years as an assistant, Dale Feagin takes over as the head man for the eight-man football team at Faith Christian in Summerville. He faces the same issues that former head coaches at the school faced - lack of interest.
2013: 2-8 overall, 1-6 in Region 1
Coach: Dale Feagin (First season)
Returning Starters: 8 (4 offense, 4 defense)
Players to watch: QB Jonathan Feagin, WR Austin Pfoff, OL/DL Zack Testke
Feagin has worked hard to attract more numbers and while this year's roster will probably top out at 15 players, the coach wishes for more.
"Our numbers are up from the past but it could be better," says Feagin. "We've had football for seven years or so and the numbers have never really been what we had hoped. The primary sport of interest here is basketball and they have been very successful. Unfortunately we have not had any luck getting some of those athletes to try football."
Faith's two victories last season was a school record, and the Knights lost four games by a total of 14 points. The schedule is a bit tougher this fall but Feagin has high expectations.
"We always want to have higher expectations and if we can turn the corner and get a few more wins, I think we can create more excitement for football," said Feagin. "We do have a little older team with a few more juniors and seniors. We have some kids that have played in the junior varsity program and have moved up. I think the potential is there to be fairly competitive."
The Knights will rely on veteran leadership to shoulder the load this season. That starts at quarterback where junior Johnathan Feagin returns as the starter.
Feagin's top targets in the passing game will be 6-3 senior Austin Pfoff and junior Hunter Cook. Seniors Alex North and Liam McDaniel will be the primary running backs.
Anchoring the offensive line are senior Shane Mosely and juniors Logan Perkins and Zack Testke. Testke also starts at linebacker while Perkins is a starter on the defensive line.
Pfoff will start at defensive end while Feagin and Cook anchor the secondary.
"Our goal is to continue to build the program and maybe this team can be the start of that effort," said Feagin.