North River Christian opens season against Evangel
Fri. August 17, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. | By Andrew Carroll
North River Christian Academy Chargers quarterback Michael Robertson throws a pass during a recent practice. The Chargers open their eight-man season tonight against Evangel Christian School. (Photo by Betsy Seymour)
TUSCALOOSA | Kevin Boswell can’t predict what the execution will be like tonight, but he knows his players will be in shape for the opening football game.
Boswell debuts as head coach of the North River Christian Academy Chargers, who play the eight-man game in the Christian Football Association. He replaced John Teasley, who left to take a basketball coaching job at South Alabama. North River Christian Academy was the runner-up to Tabernacle Christian in the CFA final last season.
"They’re ready to play," Boswell said. "They’re a lot better conditioned, and I think that’s going to be the difference between last year and this year. They spend their last 45 minutes of practice conditioning."
Boswell said 16 players will dress out tonight, and some will have to play offense and defense.
"It doesn’t matter who we’re going to play," he said. "We’ve got a job to do. One of our defensive coaches told them the other day that they’re going to win the snap. That’s what they’re concentrating on, winning that play, and we’re going to go one at a time.
"These guys are very well-rounded, and they’re able to play multiple positions, so it doesn’t matter which side of the ball we’re on. We’re going to have extremely good strength, I think, and speed."
Michael Robertson will start at quarterback.
"He can do it all," Boswell said. "He’s played both sides of the ball. This is a place we’re going to put him at to see how he does."
Anfernee Peterson, Jeremiah Cousette and Matthew Robertson figure into the mix at running back, although Boswell said Matthew Robertson might start at offensive guard.
"We have some extremely good running backs," Boswell said. "We have good size, and we have some speed too. I think we’ve got our bases covered."
Other probable starters on the front line are guard Jason Edwards and center Ryan Lavender.
"We’re going to have multiple looks that they’ve all been practicing on," Boswell said. "There’s a lot of strength and speed on our defense because we’re taking a lot of these same guys and just swapping sides of the ball. We’ve got our corners that are going to concentrate on containing the ball. Then we’ve got our line that’s going to concentrate on shutting down the front, and then our backs are going to drive hard."
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