Last season was a disappointing effort for King's Ridge Christian. The Tigers finished regular season play at 4-6, losing four tough games in a row during the meat of their schedule. Having said that, Coach Jeff Pickren has made a lot of moves this off-season to help shake up the landscape of the program and to, "Breathe new life in to the football team," he says.
The Tigers will have brand new coordinators on both sides of the football in 2014. Cecil Flowe will be taking over the King's Ridge defense. That name may ring a bell for some of our readers as Flowe won four state titles as head coach of Parkview High School. Former LaGrange College head coach Todd Mooney will be calling the plays for the Tiger offense.
"Needless to say bringing guys like that into the program has been exciting for our kids. Our weight program has really taken off as well and we're seeing some great gains, which is very exciting as well," says Coach Pickren
The Tigers are returning eight starters on offense and six starters on defense. However, the team did lose four offensive line starters, which could pose a large problem for a small Christian high school. Pickren is also searching for a running back to compliment his senior QB Henry Jones as well as the extremely talented, and Georgia State commit, Penny Hart. If you haven't seen Hart's highlight reel, it's highly recommended.
Coach Pickren has challenged his players to: "Not hang up the pads after week 10. Everyone says they want to win and to play for a championship, but the thing we've challenged the kids with is whether their willing to do what it takes to get to that level."
We shall see if the new look 2014 Tigers will be the team in school history to take the next step and make it into post-season play.
King's Ridge opens up at home against Walker (Marietta) on 9/5
Regular Season Continued
9/12 - @ Darlington – Kickoff TBA
9/19 – Home vs. Mount Paran Christian - Kickoff TBA
9/26 – Home vs. Trion - Kickoff TBA
10/3 - @ Fellowship Christian - Kickoff TBA
10/10 – Home vs. Whitefield Academy - Kickoff TBA
10/17 - @ St. Francis - Kickoff TBA
10/24 – Home vs. Mount Pisgah Christian - Kickoff TBA
10/31 - @ Pinecrest Academy - Kickoff TBA
11/7 – Region6/1A Play In - Kickoff TBA