Zion Chapel football ends short spring

Published 9:10 pm Tuesday, May 21, 2013

With the future of Zion Chapel football still in the air, the Rebels did the only thing the knew to do: go to work.

Zion Chapel recently wrapped up a short spring training session under the guidance of interim head coach Bradley Bowers.

Bowers took over the position after former coach Mike Waters resigned the position late last month.

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Despite less than ideal conditions, Bowers and staff conducted spring practice in order to “get the kids out.”

“We wanted to keep them interested in the program,” said Bowers. “With all the stuff going on, it can be easy for kids to lose interest in football. We wanted them to stay excited and be ready to go over the summer.”

Bowers, in addition to serving as athletic director, will handle all the head coaching duties until a replacement is named.

Bowers served as defensive coordinator under Waters, and said he wants to continue the roll the Rebels started a few seasons ago.

“There is no doubt that the last couple of teams here were tried and true Mike Waters football teams,” said Bowers. “We want to keep the momentum going of the last few years, and the only way to do that is to keep working hard.”

At the small school level the amount of players on the roster can vary drastically from season to season.

The Rebels have had senior classes of 15 players in each of the last two seasons. While the numbers remain strong for Bowers, he said that Zion will be a “young team” in 2013.

“We have quite a few young guys that will have to contribute,” said Bowers. “But we have a couple of vets, like Chris Adair, that will show them the right way to do things. We aren’t going to quit working now.”