In only its second year, KCA’s middle school flag football team ran the 2019 season into the end zone thanks to a positive attitude, hard work and a talented quarterback.
The team went 5-2 for the season, losing only one game in the regular season and one in the championship series.
“The season was great,” said Coach Chris Jones. “They stayed positive and stayed together. They weren’t pointing fingers and blaming one another. I told them I was proud of their character. They stayed positive even when we were down.”
Quarterback Dreylen Howard, an 8th grader new to the school this year, was “instrumental” in the successful season and was “player of the year,” Mr. Jones said. Chase Bell, a 7th grader, was the most improved player, making tremendous strides in catching and intercepting the pigskin and even scoring a touchdown in a championship game, Mr. Jones said. Eighth-grader Justin Park had never played football before and made excellent progress. Mr. Jones also praised the work of 7th-graders Zach Cannavino, John Sobola and Joe Wood.
High school senior Chris Christian made an important contribution to the team, Mr. Jones said. Chris was the defensive coach and demonstrated a high level of commitment, attending every away game. “He had a tremendous impact on the kids” as a role model, Mr. Jones added.