Countdown to Kickoff: Grace Christian Rams

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Randy McKamey likes his Rams.

Why shouldn't he?

Grace Christian returns nine starters on both offense and defense, from a team that went 7-3 in 2010.

Throw in sophomore quarterback Devin Smith, a player that received tons of recognition over the summer for his performances in several combines, and the Rams are loaded for a run.

However, Grace Christian isn't eligible for the postseason. The football program is in its last season of probation.

The school was punished by the TSSAA in the spring of 2010 for using an ineligible player. Football and basketball were hit with a two-year postseason ban.

McKamey feels for his seniors that will miss the playoffs, but he says once the game kicks off, any thoughts of a postseason ban disappear.

"When that whistle blows, the thing furthest thing from their mind is, 'we can't go to the playoffs,' cause these kids are competitors," McKamey said Wednesday afternoon as the team was taking its football pictures.

"When the whistle blows and the first second ticks off the clock until the last one ticks off, they're fighters. They don't think about that."

Wide receiver Jake Minga believes the penalties have brought the team together.

"It's more than winning a championship, it's about a brotherhood now," Minga said.

Grace Christian opens up the season August 19 at Carter.

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  • by Greg Location: North Knox County on Aug 16, 2011 at 12:20 AM
    5-5 would be the best GCA could do in my opinion? They have some good players but, inexperienced at the coaching level and doesn't have a JV program like the other schools have. Rumors from former players said there's alot of politics that interfere with the program and still continues today? Seems sad that this is what Highschool sports has become!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 16, 2011 at 12:10 AM
    Don't really see GCA winning outside their conference? There extremely Over-rated as usual and after seeing the Karns Jamboree game, I see nothing has changed!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 12, 2011 at 01:13 PM
    I do pray that the injuries are at a minimum. I have been out of town for work, I caught the C. Gap scrimmage, was that the only one they had? Go Rams!!!
  • by Thelma & Dock Location: Heiskell on Aug 8, 2011 at 02:19 AM
    We agree that Grace has a great group of starters this season. We look forward to seeing wonderful games from them as well as all the other pllayers on the team. I realize they know they have on the team. Lets try to play all of them not just the seniors. May God bless the team with all wins and no injuries.
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      by Devin on Aug 16, 2011 at 12:25 AM in reply to Thelma & Dock
      Good luck with that!


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