Young Providence Christian football team taking the field this season

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Providence Christian Eagles are soaring into the football season.

The young team will try and earn Providence a spot in the playoffs for the fifth year in a row.

Only two seniors will be taking the field for the Eagles this year.

Inexperience could make or break the season.

“I got some good young kids and some good leadership out of my junior class,” Keith said. “It’s going to be interesting to see how we do. We just really need to get some experience and the best way we can do that is to play, so we’ll know more after the first game or two.”

Keith is figuring out which position suits each player to give them the best chance at success.

While the players on the field are new, Keith says schemes will be the same as always.

Expectations don’t change just because the team is young.

“Our expectations don’t change, our standards don’t change. People have to step up and perform at the level we need them to and and that’s what we expect them to do, so it doesn’t really change.”

The Eagles went 4-7 last year, losing in the first round of the playoffs.

They won only two games in their region but Keith enjoys playing a challenging schedule because it helps the team in the postseason.

“Playing good teams makes you better. That’s our goal and that’s what we tell our kids. Just getting that experience and playing week in and week out, a competitive game, that means something is important. Then if you’re fortunate to make playoffs, then you’re prepared for that.”

Providence Christian will kick off the season facing Rehobeth in the Eagle’s Nest on Aug. 20.

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