“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1
Hoops, hurdles, juggling, and acrobatics…the Circus you say? Nope, football during COVID-19. Yes, although the planning, coordination, field security, game scheduling, player safety, traveling, and constant communication has made us feel we are part of a circus, we are underway with our 2020 season and are very excited about it.
We were grateful to start our season against two tough competitors. Going up against Leakey, a public school team that went 9-2 last season, prepared us for our second game vs. the Nueces Canyon Panthers, which was another strong public school opponent who went 10-3 last season. The Nueces Canyon game showcased the dedication, commitment, and practice of our Patriots team. Though we lost, the final score being 25/30 shows the hard work and improvements the team has been making each week. With a chance to win in the final seconds, the desire and drive of the Patriots football
team was evident to everyone in attendance. The fans showcased their enthusiastic support throughout the game and really got us pumped. The loud cheering, applause, and encouragement is greatly appreciated.
As we continue to strengthen our skills, recognize our abilities, and push through adversity, we have comfort in our Lord, guiding us along the way. Our middle school team only started practices the week of September 7th, and we look forward to seeing the same hard work and dedication of our younger Patriots Football team on the field soon. We ask our FEAST family to pray for all of these young men, coaches, volunteers, and parents as there are still uncertainties with practice field location, home game site, and of course the travel. Go, Patriots!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FEAST FOOTBALL CONTACT:
Varsity Head Coach Michael Booker at email@example.com
Commissioner Benitez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Middle School Head Coach Chris Newman at email@example.com
CONCENTRATION IS THE KEY TO FOOTBALL EXCELLENCE
- Concentrate on what’s important, one down at a time and let go of everything else (the crowd, your opponents, the coaches, media, weather, )
- Remind yourself of “RED!” “Ready Every Down” as if THIS play will determine the game’s outcome!
- Quickly leave your mistakes and upsets and bad calls in the past where they belong!
- When your focus leaves the NOW, quickly bring yourself
- Keep your focus on YOU. On YOUR job and what YOU are
- If your focus drifts to others, the opponents or what you think others are thinking of you, “reset.”
- When you focus on playing YOUR game, you will avoid getting psyched out!
To be at your best, you have to be loose, relaxed, and properly focused, letting the game come to you, rather than trying to force things. If you make mental mistakes before or during your game, it won’t matter how fast, strong, or talented you are! You will always under- achieve! Simply put, you have to have your head on straight. You have to be mentally tough. And this doesn’t just miraculously happen by telling yourself that!
What you concentrate on before and during the game will affect your self-confidence, how calm or nervous you are, and ultimately, how well you play. When you stay focused on YOU and just one down at a time, you will stay calm and loose, have access to your confidence, and as a result, play to your potential!
Football has been practicing diligently for the upcoming season. The program has 23 registered high school players and 12 registered middle school players. The schedule will be available on the website, so be sure to come out and support your FEAST Patriots!
The month of July saw our football team putting in the work necessary for the upcoming season. Voluntary strength and conditioning sessions were held on the FEAST Resource Center grounds the last two weeks of the month. It was great seeing all the returning faces and the new faces as well!
The team is waiting on decisions to be made by local governing agencies as to when the season will officially start, but when it does, they will be ready to go!
How blessed we are to fellowship while building each other up heading towards the goal of honor and glorifying Christ through Athletics!
It is an exciting time of the year for FEAST Football’s off-season activities. Though our strength and conditioning camp is coming to its conclusion, off-season workouts will continue until July 15th. Our High School and Middle School Football players worked hard at this camp. It was great
witnessing old friends and new friends being able to see each other for the first time in months. A God-honoring attitude and work ethic has been and remains a tradition with FEAST Football players, and I see this group of young men keeping it that way. Stay connected with FEAST for updates on workout times as well as season schedules. This has been a unique off-season, but Christ remains in control through it all.
For more information on FEAST Football, contact Commissioner Robert Benitez at firstname.lastname@example.org, Varsity Head Coach, Mike Booker
at email@example.com, or Athletic Administrator, Sherri Kunkel at firstname.lastname@example.org