Lindsay Lane Christian Academy hasn’t played a football game yet, organizers of the first-year football program feel they have the right man to coach the team. If his name is any indication, LLCA should be on the right track.
“We’ve got four simple goals,” said Chris Dye, LLCA football coach. “We want to come together as a team; master the fundamentals of football; do things the right way and lastly teach them that everything counts in God’s eyes.”
The head coach who shares the same last name as legendary Auburn University coach Pat Dye will coach the first-ever football team at Lindsay Lane this season. The Lions will make history tonight when the school plays against Conecuh Springs.
“Pretty much since we knew we were having high school sports, people started asking me about football,” said Matt Stockman, Lindsay Lane athletic director. “We’re very blessed to get a guy that has experience coaching football.”
Dye served as an assistant coach at Clements, his alma mater. But that was coaching Class 3A football. His job at LLCA will be quite different. The Lions will play six-man football against other teams in the Alabama Christian Education Association.
“Pretty much, everybody is a receiver,” Dye said about six-man football. “The center can snap the ball and run out for a pass. It’s a lot like flag football with full contact. The biggest different rule is that the quarterback cannot cross the line of scrimmage.”
But that’s not the only difference. Instead of being first-and-10, it’s first-and-15 played on a field 80 yards long by 40 yards wide. Because there are fewer people blocking on extra points and field goals, those are worth more — extra points are two-points and field goals four points. Running or passing the ball from the two-and-half yard line is worth one point following touchdowns.
“It’s still football,” Dye said “It’s just very spread out. You can still run the ball in six-man. You see a lot more people running sweeps.”
Since the designated quarterback can’t run the ball past the line of scrimmage, Dye said you will see teams have someone take a snap and then hand it off to a “quarterback” who can advance past the line of scrimmage.
LLCA will have 13 players on its first football team, including one senior. While most of the game will consist of passing, Dye said they are not limited to moving the ball through the air.
“We’re going to try to run the ball,” Dye said. “We’ve got the tools to do both. We’ve got some size and some shifty guys. Will run a little misdirection. We’re going to use some of our bigger guys to block.”
In its first season, LLCA will play four games, with the goal to play a full schedule next year. For now, the Lions will practice on the school’s softball field and play its game away from home.
The team will play its four games in consecutive weeks ending on Oct. 7 at Faith Christian Academy. LLCA will kick off its football program at 7 p.m. at Conecuh Springs Christian School in Union Springs.