Cougars hope for big season

By Kevin Eckleberry

May 22, 2014

Coming off the best season in school history, the Lafayette Christian School Cougars will look to keep the good times going this fall.

As part of the preparation process for a new season, the Cougars recently wrapped up spring practice, and in two weeks they’ll begin their summer conditioning program.

The Cougars had one week of spring practice, and head coach Nick Nehring felt it was a beneficial five days.

“It was a good week,” Nehring said. “We had four good days of practice, and then an intra-squad scrimmage on Friday. It was a productive time, and we came away healthy at the same time. We’re very happy.”

Nehring said when the summer program begins, the players will get together at the school a few times each week for conditioning.

“Since year 1, we’ve had a summer program,” said Nehring, who is heading into his seventh season as the Cougars’ head coach. “We start in June, and we’ll have weight training every week, except for that dead week of July 4 week. We lift weights, we run. It’s good. I told the guys, I want to see you in June as much as possible.”

Spring practice gave Nehring an opportunity to get to know some of the new players who’ll be a part of this year’s team.

“We got a chance to get some of our new guys out there, to see some new faces,” Nehring said.

There were also plenty of familiar faces on the field, including quarterback Matt Brown, who’ll return for his senior season.

Overall, Nehring said “we had about 20 kids. It was a good week. It really was.”

A year ago, the Cougars made it to the semifinals of the Independent Christian Schools of Georgia and Alabama eight-man football semifinals.

The Cougars came close to making it to the championship game, but they lost a 29-24 heart-breaker to Harvester Christian in the final four.