The Colleyville Covenant Christian football team is coming off of a season in which it advanced to the second round of the playoffs after finishing 3-1 in district competition and won its bi-district round match up with Muenster Sacred Heart.
If the Cougars want to pick up where they left off and repeat on the type of success that they enjoyed last season in 2014, they will have to do so under new leadership.
Matt Sipes has taken over the reins for the Covenant football for the coming season and said that so far, he has been quite impressed with what he has seen from his players.
“Things are shaping up pretty good,” Sipes said. “We have a great corps of seniors that are leading the team, and we have a lot of returning starters. We've had a great two weeks of training camps, so to speak, and the outlook is pretty good.”
Covenant lost to Dallas First Baptist in the area round of the playoffs last season, and with the returning fire power from last year's squad, Sipes said the goals for this season are two-fold.
“I would say that a district championship and a run at another state championship would be what the elite goals would be,” Sipes said. “That's what the kids are looking forward to and that is what the coaching staff is pushing them towards. With the senior leadership and the number of players we have returning, we believe we have a chance.”
Sipes said that when he looks at the level of competition his team will face in district this season, he believes that Fort Worth Temple Christian and Muenster Sacred Heart will be the Cougars’ most difficult opponents.
The Covenant coach said that he has several stronger returning players for this season, as well, and said he expects a number of players to take on leadership roles this season.
“Some of the seniors include Dave Turner, Reagan McDaniel, Chase Drewksi and Zach Carnes, our quarterback, and they should all be good for us,” Sipes said. “We also have Michael Kim back, who should have a good year.”
Carnes combined for more than 1,300 all purpose yards last season and 12 touchdowns for the Cougars, and Kim averaged nearly 7.6 yards per rush and had eight touchdowns for Covenant in 2013.
In order for Covenant to repeat upon the kind of success the team enjoyed last season and have a good run into the postseason, Sipes said it will take a couple of things.
“We have to stay healthy,” Sipes said. “We've already had a couple of injuries, unfortunately. But we just have to stay healthy and work hard. We've got some freshman that are coming along, and the more that they learn the system and more time that they have around the older kids, the more they are going to gel into our scheme and eventually help us out. We just need to stay the course early, and pray that we stay injury-free.”
The Covenant Christian football team opens the season at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 at Dallas First Baptist.