It was a wildly successful season for the Lafayette Christian School Cougars, but the year began on a down note.
Facing Shiloh Hills in their 2013 season opener, the Cougars were roughed up in a blowout loss.
On Friday, the Cougars will get a chance to avenge that loss when they host Shiloh Hills in the first game of the 2014 season.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Whitesville Road stadium.
“We played them last year, and it was a very one-sided game in their favor,” Lafayette Christian Nick Nehring said. “They really took it to us.”
Nehring said it was a game where the Cougars did little right, and they were unable to overcome those mistakes against a quality team.
“We did not play well,” Nehring said. “We made it hard on ourselves with turnovers and stuff like that. So that has been something we’ve been harping on a lot. On top of our list of things is to take care of the football, and not make any mistakes.”
That loss, it turns out, wasn’t a predictor of things to come.
The Cougars went on to post a 7-3 record in the regular season, and they beat Praise Academy 39-38 in the first round of the Independent Christian Schools of Alabama and Georgia playoffs.
In the semifinals of the playoffs, Lafayette Christian lost to Harvester Christian 29-24.
The Cougars are in their third week of preseason practice, and they have settled into the afternoon practice schedule they’ll maintain for the rest of the season.
“We’re on a regular afternoon practice routine. It’s been good,” Nehring said. “It’s taking some time, but it always does to work through everything.”
Nehring said the team “had a real good practice” on Tuesday, and “that was nice going into the game on Friday.”
After taking today off, the Cougars will have one more practice on Thursday before jumping into a new season.
“We’re healthy, so we’re thankful for that,” Nehring said. “Now it’s time to polish things up and kick it off.”
Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 (ext. 232) or on Twitter @lagrangesports