The Legacy Christian football team soars into this season looking for a rebound year after missing the postseason in 2016. The Frisco Enterprise caught up with Eagles head coach Andrew Embry to see how his squad is preparing for the 2017 campaign in one of the tougher TAPPS districts in the state.
Q. How are the Eagles looking so far this offseason?
Embry: We’re looking good, and we have had a really good camp. Our first few days of working out were very good.
We chose our captains and the senior leadership has been excellent. There have been no injuries, and attitudes have also been really good.
Q. What is it going to take to get Legacy Christian to make some noise and surprise some folks this season?
Embry: Wedon’t have the size we have had in years past, but that’s OK. These kids are showing a lot of heart and a lot of fight. We have remained very focused and so far everything is rolling really well.
We have been able to implement a lot of what we plan on running and doing offensively, so we’re excited to get going.
Q. How difficult will it be to replace first-team running back Chase Eisenmann in the backfield this season?
Embry: It will very difficult to replace him. Chase was a great running back and a great leader. He’s a young man who is also a great competitor, who is also going on to play college football.
Q. Which players do you expect to make an even bigger impact next season on both offense and defense, and who is a potential preseason MVP for your squad?
Embry: I think Matt Cinclair, Sam Clayton, Andrew Strong, Caleb Lowe, Coleman Taylor, Ben Hamilton, Jacob Frater and Will McCurdy will all be impact players for us. Some of those guys will even be impact players for us on both sides of the football.
As far as an MVP goes, it’s hard to say right now. It’s really early to be able to say who that will be, and a lot of guys have been doing really well so far. I think there is a good chance for quite a few to fill that void.
Q. How tough is it to be in the same district as defending state champion Grapevine Faith?
Embry: It’s very difficult. We’re in the strongest district in our division in TAPPS. Obviously Grapevine won it all last year, Midland is very good, Fort Worth Christian is going to be very good again and Fort Worth Southwest is a tough team.
We’re going to work as hard as we can each week to prepare for these guys, and we’ll see what happens. We’re excited about it, though, and we’re excited about our non-district play.
We’re excited about getting to play in The Star again at the end of the year. The district is small, so one or two wins can easily get you in the playoffs and that’s one of our goals this season.