LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Christian Academy opens the playoffs Friday at home against Metcalfe County, but the Centurions already have defending 2A champion DeSales on their radar.
The Colts have knocked Christian Academy (8-2) out of the playoffs the last three years in a row. CAL got the better of DeSales last month with a 16-0 shutout on Christian Academy's home field.
"It feels good to beat them because neither one of us likes each other, but we got a bigger game against them in a couple of weeks," said Centurions wide receiver and defensive back Clay Davis.
The path to a rematch with DeSales (8-2) starts Friday against a two win Metcalfe County team. If the Centurions advance, they would play the winner of Glasgow (5-5) and Washington County (5-5). Then, assuming DeSales advances two games, the showdown is set.
"We know the path that lies ahead," said Christian Academy head coach Stefan LeFors. "(We'll) work on things that we may want to break out later in the year. When that time comes when we have to face DeSales again...we've got to play well and be mentally tough."
LeFors is looking for Davis and his fellow senior wideout/defensive back Cal Lewellyn to continue producing at a high level.
Davis and Lewellyn both have caught eight touchdowns and Lewellyn leads the team with five interceptions.
"We love to compete. We go at it every day," said Lewellyn. "It's not a comeption on who gets the best numbers, we just work hard to get the wins."
So far, the Centurions have racked up 8 wins, thanks in large part to a five-game stretch in October where they gave up only eight total points while averaging 34 points per game.
CAL started the season 1-2, but that was not a concern for LeFors. The Centurions played 6A teams Simon Kenton and Eastern (losing to SKHS but defeating Eastern) and defending 3A runner up Central, losing by a touchdown to the Yellowjackets.
"(It was) a brutal schedule early on. Some young guys grew up there early on. We finished out the season strong. That was our goal: to play our best football at the end of the year," said LeFors.
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