The Tennessee Christian Preparatory School Hawks football team has quietly been preparing all summer for the 2014 season. Between early morning workout sessions and evening 7-on-7 passing leagues, the Hawks have grown both physically and mentally.
“I have been so impressed with the work ethic and determination that these players have shown over the summer,” TCPS coach Steve McKenzie said. “When our staff came here last year, we set out to change the culture of how football was approached here, and I believe we are doing that.”
The Hawks have been quite busy over the last week, participating in three separate 7-on-7 competitions in four days. The team began the week traveling to Tellico Plains for a four-team passing league with Tellico, McMinn Central, and Copper Basin. This was followed Tuesday by a visit from Sale Creek to the TCPS practice field. Finally, the Hawks traveled to Grace Baptist on Thursday night for six more games with Lookout Valley, Howard, Silverdale, Grace, and repeats with Sale Creek and Tellico.
“At the beginning of the week, we started out slow at Tellico, but came on toward the end of the day,” said McKenzie. “We had a great day of work against Sale Creek on Tuesday and finished the week on a high note with great performances down at Grace.”
At Grace, the Hawks compiled a record of 4-1-1, with the lone loss against Howard and the tie against Tellico.
“We realize that 7-on-7 isn’t real football, and that it only matters when the pads are put on, but it was a great confidence booster for our kids,” said McKenzie.
The Hawks will dip into varsity play this year with an away game to Copper Basin on Oct. 2. This will be TCPS’s first official high school varsity football game. “We are so excited as a team and as a school. It’s really going to be a special night for our program,” said McKenzie.