CCA forfeits game against Cornerstone

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

Citing a shortage of players, Central Christian Academy’s game Thursday night against Cornerstone Christian was cancelled and games the rest of the season appear to be in jeopardy.

School officials declined comment.

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CCA began the season with 17 players, and then injuries in a season-opening loss to Coosa Valley Academy reduced the roster to 13.

The Warriors came into this season hoping to improve upon a 2006 campaign that provided surprising success for a squad underrated by many.

They went 7-4 and went to the playoffs for the first time in three years, making them the only team in Dallas County to make the postseason last year.

But shallow depth in the spring foretold problems as the summer went on. The effect was felt most in practices when lack of players made it difficult to install and run plays and affected conditioning.

Coach Lee Holladay expressed concerns earlier this season about the team’s ability to complete its schedule.

“We just don’t have the people, plain and simple,” Holladay said after the team’s loss to Coosa Valley. “We’ll come out of here tonight with 13 standing. Whether that’s enough to make it through the season, I don’t know.”

CCA beat Cornerstone 25-22 on the road last season.

The Warriors (1-1) were coming off their first win of the year, a 28-20 decision on the road against Warrior Academy last Friday.