After playing its first varsity football games last season, Summit Christian Academy takes aim on a new goal this season — advance to the postseason.
“It’s pretty lofty,” Summit Christian coach Dalton Vann said. “I’m stoked just to have a chance at a playoff game.”
Vann’s optimism is fueled by a decent number of returnees from last season’s 2-7 squad. The Eagles will compete in the Missouri Class 2, District 4 playoffs.
“You’re not having to go through a lot of those little things like last year,” Vann said. “We had some guys who were still learning how to get into a stance.”
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SCA’s 24-man roster is five fewer than last season, but Vann said he still has enough depth and talent to cover the skill positions. Sam Huckabee, a sophomore, returns at quarterback. He’s being pushed, though, by Max Bryan, a senior who transferred from a military school in South Carolina.
Sophomore Tori Hicks returns from last season and will play tailback. Ross Parke, a junior wide receiver and first-team all-Crossroads Conference selection last season, also is back.
Zach Horn, a senior middle linebacker who transferred from Oak Grove, is expected to anchor the Eagles’ defense.
“He had played football at a higher level than any of our other kids have played,” Vann said. “He came in and showed the way.”