Greenies seek to build on recent success
Ben Ledbetter, firstname.lastname@example.org
ARDEN -- Christ School fell to High Point Christian in the 2016 state championship and Ravenscroft the year before.
According to Greenies coach Mark Moroz, the third attempt could certainly be the one where they win a title.
"There's a lot of positive momentum with our program," said. "The bar is set and the standard is high."
There are three seniors -- lineman and Erwin transfer Talon Hensley, Landon Cook and Carson Jones. Moroz said his team is loaded with sophomores and juniors; however. Christ School will also be bolstered by two transfers -- Sidney and Saevion Gibbs from Owen.
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A report from the Black Mountain News indicated Sidney Gibbs looks stronger than his sophomore year, when he amassed 1,750 rushing yards for Owen. Sidney Owens planned to reclassify as a junior so he could have a replacement season for the one he lost to a knee injury in a 7-on-7 scrimmage.
"We lost a lot of talent," Moroz said. "We are a very young football team, but very talented."
One of those sophomores is quarterback Navy Shuler, son of former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler.
Christ School has four former NCAA Division I players on staff and two former NFL players.
The elder Shuler is the wide receivers coach for the Greenies. Tommy Langford, who spent five years at IMG Academy in Florida, will be the quarterbacks coach.
Moroz expects a tough slate of opponents.
After starting with a home game against Christian Academy of Knoxville, Tennessee, on Aug. 19, which ended last year with a 9-3 record, the Greenies will later play Charlotte's Providence Day and well-accomplished WNC school Robbinsville.
Christ School has 10 days of practice before the first game, and Moroz said his coaching staff has worked hard to prepare the team.
"I'm pretty confident we'll be pretty solid," Moroz said.
CHRIST SCHOOL GREENIES
Affiliation: NCISAA Division II
Coach: Mark Moroz
2016 record: 10-2
Returning starters: 5 offense, 6 defense