FBCA sets sights on postseason

By Michael Sudhalter
msudhalter@fortbendstar.com

082714_FBCAWinning 70 percent of your football game and missing the postseason isn’t easy for any player or coach.

But the Fort Bend Christian football team plans on using last season’s 7-3 season (and playoff near-miss) into motivation for the 2014 campaign.

FBCASched“It’s frustrating when you’re that close, but it made the players hungry for this year,” Fort Bend Christian head coach Dave Roberts said of the Eagles, who are on a quest to win a playoff game for the first time in school history.

Of those three losses, one was a last second lost to archival Second Baptist and the other was a five-point setback against Northland Christian.

The Eagles, who open the season on Friday with a non-district game at Danbury, will have a a chance to contend for the TAPPS Division II-District 4 Championship.

“Danbury had a good year last year,” Roberts said. “They got a new coach, and we’ll know more about when we get film. Our district will be a battle every week. There are three or four teams could win it.”

Fort Bend Christian’s district slate will include Lutheran South, Northland Christian, Second Baptist, Westbury Christian and a new opponent, Cypress Christian.

Fort Bend Christian returns 11 starters— seven on defense and four on offense—and promotes a strong crop of junior varsity and freshman players.

Senior quarterback Jack Bruns returns to lead a balanced offense, and he’ll have a reliable No. 1 receiver in fellow senior Zach Richards (who’s also a leader in the defensive backfield) as well as juniors Colton and Tyler Cicavarra.

“We run the spread – you always want to be 50-50,” Roberts said. “We’ll probably throw the ball 20-25 times per game.”

Seniors Justin Wherry and Steve Jackson will split the running back duties, and returning all-state senior offensive lineman Ty Stubbs will anchor a young, but promising O-line.

Former Heisman Trophy finalist Don Trull, who was a quarterback at Baylor in the 1960s, is an assistant coach on offense, while former Notre Dame standout and NFL veteran Jordan Black coaches the offensive line.

Roberts, who is 13-7 at Fort Bend Christian, previously coached at the college level for Howard Payne in Brownwood and MidAmerica Nazarene in Kansas.

Defensively, the Eagles will run a 3-4, and Roberts expects big things from senior Ricky Lancios, who had close to 100 tackles last fall.

Stubbs was also all-state on defense and leads the defense line, while senior Leonell Smith is the team’s top returning linebacker.

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