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Grace Christian sees silver lining in loss in opener
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
August 28, 2013 10:30 AM | 795 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
First-year head coach Jose Hechavarria stands on the field at Jessie Davis Park in Douglasville where Grace Christian Academy plays its home games.
First-year head coach Jose Hechavarria stands on the field at Jessie Davis Park in Douglasville where Grace Christian Academy plays its home games.
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The Grace Christian Academy Eagles lost their season opener, but their head coach still found positives in the wreckage.

After traveling to Sugar Hill, the Eagles lost to the Georgia Force of Buford, 39-7, in a nonconference matchup to begin the 2013 season.

Head coach Jose Hechavarria said, “The outcome was not to our liking…We had opportunities we let go by with crucial mistakes.”

While Grace Christian might have made some mistakes that ultimately cost them the game, Hechavarria said, “[It was] not all was bad; however, as some players really stood out.”

There were two players on the offensive side of the ball which Hechavarria said made some good strides for the team.

“Offensively, Kyle O’Shields looked very promising at quarterback; he had been the backup. B.J. Ibenyewa, wide receiver, was our best weapon with several big catches and a long kickoff return for a touchdown,” said Hechavarria.

He also named two other players that really sparked his attention during the game as well.

“Defensively, Malachi Parker, outside linebacker, and Josh Smoak, safety, were the top tacklers and leaders,” Hechavarria said.

Over the summer the football program at Grace Christian added the players of the Trinity Home’sCool Depot to the roster as they combined their programs. With their first game as a new team out of the way, the teams seem to be meshing together as the four standout players mentioned by Hechavarria are from both programs.

“We are coming along as far as cohesion goes,” Hechavarria said.

The Eagles will have their first home game of the season Friday at Jessie Davis Park in Douglasville as they host the Dawson Street Christian Wildcats of LaGrange.

The Wildcats played their season opener on Friday as well, also putting a big loss in the books. Dawson Street Christian fell 61-8 to the Community Christian Knights of Stockbridge.

With both teams currently 0-1, one of these teams will walk away from Friday’s game with their first win of the season and Hechavarria would prefer it to be the Eagles.

“We still have to work on in-game discipline…Hopefully, we will clean up the mistakes and improve the results,” said Hechavarria.
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