LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Ten football seasons ago, Stefan LeFors was helming the Louisville Cardinal offense under then-head coach Bobby Petrino. LeFors finished his U of L career as the 4th all-time leading passer. His Liberty Bowl champion team was 11-and-1 and finished 6th in the AP poll.
LeFors was known as an offensive dynamo. Now he's known as "coach."
LeFors is in his third season as the head coach at Christian Academy. The Centurions are off to a 4-0 start---their best ever. The lessons learned at UofL, along with stops in the NFL and CFL, are being passed along to a new generation of players.
"I was always a big fan of Coach LeFors growing up," says CAL's senior linebacker and tight end Zac Passafiume. "I always played with him in video games and stuff like that. I really looked up to him but he connects with the players on a personal level. (He's) a coach, friend...he's everything to me."
"He's been a great asset," according to senior lineman Blake Catron. "He's really smart when it comes to football. He really knows what he's doing. He's played in the NFL. He's had a lot of good coaches. He came in with a really good system."
That system led to a touchstone win for CAL. It came in the second week of the season when the 2A Centurions knocked off 6A Eastern 36-19.
"Were we surprised? I don't know," says LeFors. "You always want to feel like you can win each and every game, but I think from a community standpoint, the students at school, the staff that maybe didn't believe…maybe they do now."
LeFors and the Centurions will try to keep the believers believing when they host Washington County Friday night and shoot for a 5-0 start to the season. The Centurions have shut out their last two opponents while Washington County has one just once this season and is coming off a 63-0 loss to DeSales.