“We’re looking forward to it,” New Creation Christian coach Jonathan Brown said. “This is the first year that they have sanctioned football.
“We played all other sports with them last year. It looks like its going to be a pretty competitive league and the conference is really growing. A lot of teams are jumping in and we are pretty excited about it.”
New Creation will be a Division II member along with Horizon Christian Academy (Cumming), The King’s Academy (Woodstock), Johnson Ferry Christian Academy (Marietta) and Skipstone Academy (Griffin).
New Creation’s county neighbors, Community Christian School and Creekside Christian Academy, will both compete in Division I-AA.
Even though the Crusaders like the conference change, they will have to adjust to an eight-game regular season schedule this year.
“It is kind of abnormal for us,” Brown said. “We usually try to play a scrimmage and 10 games but our off week fell different this year, and some of the teams we normally play we couldn’t get together on a schedule. Of two teams we played in the past, one school closed and the other is not having football this year so it hurts a little bit.”
Once again, the Crusaders, who earned a 9-2 record last season, will have four starters returning on each side of the ball.
“It’s going to be a little bit of a rebuilding year for us,” Brown said. “We will start a sophomore [Will Dyer] at quarterback. Offensively, I think we will be okay. It’s just a new group. They haven’t played together and we are just trying to get them jelled together, but we will just coach them up and see what happens.”