December 6, 2023

Liberty Christian Prep Lions Win Football Championship In Inaugural Season

1.8 min read| Published On: December 6th, 2023|

By Kyle Coppola

Liberty Christian Prep Lions Win Football Championship In Inaugural Season

1.8 min read| Published On: December 6th, 2023|

Tavares, Florida – December 6, 2023

In a remarkable feat a few weeks ago Liberty Christian Prep’s football program celebrated a triumphant inaugural season by clinching the SSAA 1A 8-Man Tackle Football Championship. The Lions emerged victorious in a nail-biting championship clash against Geneva Classical Academy with a final score of 27-26, marking an unprecedented milestone for the school.

The championship win not only cements their place in history but also establishes a solid foundation for the future growth of the program.

(LCP Athletic Director Dwayne Walker stands with Head Coach and Pastor Chris Likely right who were a pivotal part of the teams success. Both men are deeply rooted in faith. They never stopped believing and ultimately won their first football championship in school history.)

Expressing his overwhelming emotions, Coach Likely acknowledged the pivotal role of his mentors, Coach Frank Scott and Cedric M Scott Sr. of Eustis High School. “Words can’t describe how I feel. Coaching is coaching, as Coach Frank always said. I thank God for the encouragement from Coach Frank and Cedric M Scott Sr.,” Coach Likely expressed, highlighting the transformative power of coaching in their journey.

Quarterback Luke Watts played a crucial role throughout the season, leading the team that initially faced setbacks, including losses by 50+ points. The players, many of whom had never played organized tackle football before, and the coaching staff held onto their belief, leading to a mid-season turnaround.

(Quarterback Luke Watts surrounded by his family. Watts was amazing to watch all season long. He finishes his first and last season of high school tackle football as a champion. A really cool story.)

Liberty Christian Prep plays 8-Man tackle football, a format with unique rules featuring eight players on the field. The team’s success in this category serves as a promising introduction for the program’s potential evolution into an eventual 11-Man tackle program.

Reflecting on the challenging but rewarding season, Coach Likely expressed, “It has been amazing to watch this program start from the ground up. Winning championships is the perfect way to grow the program.” The Lions’ unexpected success not only exceeded expectations but will forever be etched in the school’s history as the inaugural championship-winning team.

(The LCP football team lifting the championship trophy high after their win.)

As Liberty Christian Prep looks ahead to the future, the entire community celebrates the journey and eagerly anticipates the continued development and evolution of this historic football program. Congratulations to everyone involved in this unprecedented achievement, and here’s to the promising years ahead.

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About the Author: Kyle Coppola

Kyle Coppola was born in Newton, Massachusetts and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communications from Curry College in 2016. After traveling to Florida on a family vacation, he decided he could not get enough of the warm weather and made the move from snowy Massachusetts to central Florida 8 years ago.

For the last decade Kyle has gained valuable experience in social media content creation, marketing and sales, writing, video production, sports announcing and even broadcasting for local radio stations, such as FM 102.9 in The Villages and FM 91.5 in Massachusetts. Every year he volunteers at The Villages Charter High School as a play-by-play sports announcer for the football games as well as a public address announcer for the basketball games, including the annual Battle at The Villages Tournament.

Outside the office Kyle is a husband and father to two beautiful girls along with their cat. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his family, travel, play golf and swim. He is also a huge sports junkie and even bigger motorsports fan and loves to attend racing events when he can.

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