Academy Eagles tackle new football team
by Natalie Netzel Staff Writer
NEWBERRY — Football is back at the Newberry Academy this school year after a 16 year hiatus.
Eddie Caviness is the coach for the middle school team that has 13 boys playing. This is also Caviness’ first year at the Academy as he is also the Director of Technology.
According to Caviness, the last time the Academy played football was in 1997 when they were the state runner-up.
Caviness credits Head of School Brian Fitzgerald for wanting to return the sport and Caviness believes there is definitely potential for greatness.
Next year, the school hopes to have a varsity team but for now they are focusing on their middle schoolers.
“My goal for the first year is to go from start to finish. Did they unite and become stronger?” Caviness said. “If they unify and get better, that’s the main thing.”
The talent with the players is mixed as Caviness explains that some have played in the Newberry recreation and some haven’t played that much.
There’s a definite mix in skill set and mindset which is why Caviness emphasizes the importance of unity with his team players.
Since there are only 13 players, most of the students play offense and defense, Caviness said which is actually comparable with other independent and private schools the size of the Academy.
The Academy is part of the S.C. Independent Schools Association otherwise known as SCISA and they play schools all within a 45 minute drive or so.
There are eight games total for the Eagles with three away and five home games. Caviness said the home games will be played on Newberry College’s football field on Thursdays with a couple on Friday nights.
The players have practiced all throughout August running plays, tackling and playing offense, Caviness points out and some of the players have had moments that he wasn’t expecting in a good way.
The players will also have some cheering from the sidelines as the Eagles cheer squad will support the guys and get the audience revved up.
The 2013 Newberry Academy Eagles roster is Daniel Bannister, W. Barrineau, Austin Dehart, Jimmy Franklin, Trey French, Camron Hawkins, Ryan Hyatt, Zack May, Noah Moody, Sam Moody, Will Nobles, Shield Sawyer and Hunter Taylor.The assistant coaches are Rick Doran, Michael Taylor and Benji Sease.
The first game was Sept. 5 and the next game is at 7:30 p.m. versus Greenwood Christian at home. They play again at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 away.
On Sept. 27, the Eagles take on Laurens away and on Oct. 3, the Eagles take on King Academy at 7:30 p.m. at home.
The last three games are at home: Northside Christian at 7:30 p.m. Oct 10, Spartanburg Christian at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and Laurens at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Oct. 24 is an off week.
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