Concord – NCISAA Division II State Champion First Assembly Christian School Eagles have a lot of new faces with high hopes and dreams. Last year the Eagles went undefeated (13-0) and won the State Championship for the second time in the past three years. They also lost thirteen senior starters and only have three returning starters from last season.
However, FACS Head Coach and former Carolina Panther, Mike Minter is very optimistic about the season. First Assembly beat Victory Christian 61-6 in its opening game last week.
“We are bigger and stronger than we have ever been," Minter said. "Just observing the team on the practice field one can see a significant size difference from last year."
Minter and First Assembly play what he calls the biggest game in school history at Charlotte Christian Friday. The Knights won the 2008 Division I state title and lost to Charlotte Latin in the 2009 championship game.
Minter's Eagles have several stand-out transfers who will fill key positions this season. At Quarterback, Andrew Goodman (Mallard Creek) was MVP of the Mallard Creek junior varsity as a freshman and was the back up quarterback on the varsity team last year behind North Carolina recruit Marquise Williams last season.
Goodman started in two games and threw for 300-yards and two touchdowns. He participated in the Shuman National Combine at the University of Oklahoma in July.
The team has several other transfers, including DT Ronald Evans (West Mecklenburg), DE Ugonna Awuruonye (Providence Day), DE CJ Little (Putman City, OK) and running back Jeremiah Walker (Northwest Cabarrus). Walker rushed for more than 720 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore.
The returning starters include senior Christian Little, K/T Robbie Freeburg and MLB Easton Spraybary. Spraybary led the team in tackles last year with more than 8 tackles per game and 3 sacks for the season. Freeburg looks to be a Division I kicker prospect.
-- First Assembly News Release
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