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Lions hit the practice grind early


  • By Jeff Armstrong
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  • Jul. 28, 2017 - 6:20 AM

New Trinity Christian head football coach Kenny Dallas couldn’t contain his joy regarding the first week of practice.

“It’s my favorite week of the year,” he said. “I am always excited to begin football practice.”

The Trinity Lions players? They don’t feel the same way as Dallas does when their alarm clocks go

off at 5:30 in the morning to start football drills.

“The guys aren’t exactly thrilled to have to wake up so early in the morning to start the workouts, especially in the summer, but they understand the hard work will pay off in the end,” said Dallas, who takes over the reins at Trinity from Dan Matthews.

Dallas was pleased that 59 boys have come out for Lions’ summer practice. He said the first two things he stressed to the guys were preparation and brotherhood.

“If you prepare, which means to work hard, and you love your teammates deeply like brothers, then I told the guys that success will come,” said Dallas, who spent the last three years as an assistant coach at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy. “You will always strive to fight for your family, right? That’s the message I’m working to get across to the guys.”

Dallas said the players have listened well to him and his staff and seem to be grasping all the concepts on offense and defense. They are currently at team camp at the University of West Georgia and will get started back at home next week.

The Lions will go about the business of improving on a 3-8 record in 2016 — a year in which they started 0-5 before going 3-2 down the stretch of the regular season. The last five games were against GISA Region 1-AAA opponents, helping the Lions secure the third seed in the state playoffs. Trinity lost in the first round of the state playoffs against Pinewood Christian.

Dallas said he knows Trinity struggled last season, so he’s not as concerned with wins and losses in 2017. He does believe that things are going in the right direction when it comes to how well his team is doing so far.

“As a coach, all you can do is maximize the efforts your players give you on a daily basis,” said Dallas. “The guys have been great, and they’re giving the staff exactly what we need. I feel very good about the process. We’re a young team that can get better as the days go by.”