Athletics

Kenny Roberts Awarded Albany Herald’s “Football Coach of the Year” and Football Players Honored

Coach Kenny Roberts has been selected by the Albany Herald as the “Coach of the Year” for his leadership in the Eagles’ State Championship winning year. Coach Roberts was Interim Football Head Coach for the 2022 football season.

Photo by Dan Mingo.

Several SCA varsity athletes were honored in the Albany Herald for the 2022 high school football season and named to the Albany Herald’s “All-Albany Football Team”:

First Team Offense | Easton Enfinger

Second Team Offense | Tripp Roberts

Second Team Offense | Jude Peavy

Second Team Offense | William Price

Second Team Defense | Maddox Powers

Congratulations to Coach Roberts and the entire SCA varsity football team for a great season and this special recognition!

SCA Athletic Director Jay Flynt recognized Coach Roberts and these athletes this morning in front of their peers.

Article from the Albany Herald: https://www.albanyherald.com/sports/albany-heralds-all-albany-football-team-announced/article_feee2826-9a6c-11ed-9e28-cbc3387aed1d.html

Coach James Byrd Awarded “Girls GAPPS Head Coach of the Year”

Congratulations to SCA’s Head Track Coach James Byrd for being awarded the Georgia Track & Field/Cross Country Association “Girls GAPPS Head Coach of the Year” on January 20, 2023!

Coach Byrd serves as cross country head coach, track head coach, and guidance counselor at SCA. The 2021-2022 SCA Girls Track Team won the GAPPS State Championship last season!

SCA’s Varsity Football Team Wins State Championship

Photo provided by Kim Russell.

Sherwood Christian Academy’s varsity football team are the 2022 GAPPS 8-Man Football Division I-AA State Champions! The Sherwood Christian Academy Eagles won their second state championship in a nail-biting game against the Unity Christian Lions tonight at Legacy Field with a final score of 43-40 on November 25, 2022! The last four minutes of the game was a back-and-forth between Sherwood and Unity, and both teams played well. The Eagles scored in the last 12 seconds to secure their win. SCA won our first state championship in 2014.

The game was broadcast live on the radio with commentary from Alex Kendrick and Jim McBride. Fireworks signaled each touchdown and a fireworks show was displayed after the referees declared the Eagles the winners.

In a pre-game interview for the radio broadcast before the State Championship game, Varsity Football Coach Kenny Roberts said, “These guys have put in the time in the summer and in the weight room. They’ve put in a lot of very hot days working in full pads and working through a rough sport [and physically taxing] like football. These guys have gotten better all year long. Their character has remained strong. So for them to have the chance to play for a state championship and be able to play at home in front of their family and friends…I’m really excited for them!”

This was Coach Roberts’ first year to lead varsity football, and he attributed some of his players’ wins to their steadiness and strong character.

“These athletes are so mature and business-like. They have goals for their games, but it’s their character – they want to do well. Their mind and heart is ready before they come into the locker room. Once they get out there in that battle when they’re competing and they’re having someone who is coming at them just as hard as they are… they remain steady in the things that we worked on. They don’t get frustrated or angry. They just remain steady,” Coach Roberts said.

Video of State Championship celebration by Tommy McBride.

“If we remain steady in what we’ve worked at, we can trust the Lord with the results because we have walked out in obedience in the way that we’re supposed to be doing these things and we can trust Him with how it ends,” Coach Roberts said.

We are so proud of each one of these Eagle athletes who have competed with excellence this season!

Jim McBride and Alex Kendrick provided live commentary of the State Championship game on Albany’s Talk Radio 1590 and 99.3 WALG.
Halftime Radio Show – Listen to Alex Kendrick and Jim McBride interview Coach Kenny Roberts about SCA’s varsity football achievements as heard on Albany’s Talk Radio 1590 and 99.3 WALG, 11/25/22.

ARTICLE from Albany Herald: “From 2-7 to State Champions: Sherwood Christian Beats Unity Christian for Title”

PHOTOS: Photos of the State Championship game by the Albany Herald.

PHOTO GALLERY: Here are some highlights from the 2022 SCA varsity football season! Photography by Dan Mingo, Brian Kelley, and Rebecca Johnson.

IN THE NEWS: “Sherwood Christian’s Big Adventure: All the Pieces Just Fell in Place”

An article about SCA’s 2022 Varsity Football Season from The Albany Herald by Joe Whitfield, Albany Herald Staff Correspondent. Read the article at the Herald’s website here.

ALBANY — The Sherwood Christian Academy Eagles will play Unity Christian School of Rome Friday night for the GAPPS Class AA state championship in 8-man football.

When interim head coach Kenny Roberts took on the challenge, he had no idea this is where his team would be at the end of the season.

“I took it because I didn’t want the football program to die,” Roberts said in an interview Monday afternoon. “After Coach (Chad) Evans resigned, Dr. Dougherty (Sherwood headmaster Brian Dougherty) and I began looking for a new football coach. We interviewed a couple of coaches and actually made an offer to one of them, but he withdrew his name because he decided he didn’t want to move. I told Dr. Dougherty I would step in because there were nine eighth-graders (rising ninth-graders) who wanted to play and could be a good start for the school. Since then, all of the pieces have just been falling together.”

Those pieces included great help from assistant coaches with the same goals in mind and a couple of key additions to the team in seniors Graham Anderson and Maddox Powers. Neither of these players was with the team when Roberts took over the program before spring practice last year. But now they are crucial members of the team about to play for a state title.

“Graham (Anderson) is the catalyst for our team when it comes to character,” said Roberts. “He has truly helped our team develop their character and I told him recently I didn’t want to do this without him here. And Maddox (Powers), some of our eighth-graders met him at a church camp. He was their leader at camp and then he ended up transferring to Sherwood. There is a real connection with him. Some of them even called him ‘Daddox.”

Anderson plays defensive end and left guard. Maddox plays fullback and defensive end for the Eagles. Anderson has been at Sherwood for 13 years and played football up until ninth grade before deciding not to return. He felt led to play and his friends on the team helped convince him to come back, along with a great deal of prayer. Powers is a transfer from Lee County after moving to the area from North Carolina during the COVID era.

“When everything kept falling into place,” said Roberts, “we realized about mid-season that we might be able to make a run at state.”

The Eagles are 10-1 on the year and have won nine in a row. They have scored fewer than 50 points in only three games all season with a freshman quarterback.

Quarterback Tripp Roberts is Coach Roberts’ son and has thrown for 1,341 yards and 20 touchdowns this season on a team that primarily runs the ball. Running back Easton Enfinger is the main running threat and has 1,541 yards rushing with 25 touchdowns.

“I’m a little surprised at his statistics, but not at Tripp’s ability,” Coach Roberts said of his son Tripp. “He has wanted to be the quarterback since he was very young. He has put in the work. He has had a growth spurt of about three inches in the last year or so. He is a serious kid who works when no one else is working,” the coach said. “I knew he would learn the playbook quickly because I knew how serious he was about playing quarterback. It has been fun to watch him this year.”

“With Easton, he is really fast,” said Roberts. “But he is a super hard worker and has excellent leg strength and great natural vision to see what is happening. There are a lot of plays where he just gets three, four, or five yards, but he just keeps working and he has to push through that. I’m proud of his toughness and his fight to keep pushing when I know he is exhausted.”

But all of this still doesn’t explain how the Eagles went from almost not having a team to where they are now — about to play for the state championship.

“We’ve worked very hard to be consistent in the weight room,” Roberts said. “We started working three days a week this summer and it has continued into the school year. The boys come to school before 7 a.m. three days a week to lift before school starts. It is our willingness to put in the work that has a lot to do with our success.”

But there is more. The coaches and others made real investments in the players.

“We’ve been very intentional on making sure these players learn lessons that will help them in life, not just on the football field. We wanted to invest in these boys and teach them things that will help when they get into tough situations and learn that you do things the right way,” the coach added.

“We’ve had other people invest in these boys by bringing a pre-game breakfast on game day and a pre-game meal later that day. We wanted the boys to feel live someone was investing in them. We wanted to let them know that they are loved by their coaches. We wanted to let them know they are special and valuable, not because of their statistics, but because of who they are.”

The coach said all of these investments showed up earlier this season when the Eagles were in a tough battle with Vidalia Heritage in Vidalia. The Eagles managed to come home with a 58-54 win but not without some real fight.

“We were in the game where we had been flagged 13 times for penalties and the other team had gotten two,” said Roberts. “Our guys didn’t whine and complain. It would have been easy to complain and give up. Instead, they just put their heads down and pushed even harder and won the game.”

Vidalia Heritage made it to the state semifinals before falling to Unity of Rome last week by a final of 52-8. The score was eye-opening because Sherwood barely survived against Vidalia, but Roberts said the film he saw showed Vidalia fumbled at least seven times because its starting quarterback suffered an injury and they were unable to run their offense effectively. While Unity is a good football team and will be challenging, Roberts believes his Eagles will be ready to face another tough challenge.

Kickoff for Friday’s game at Sherwood Christian is set for 7:30 p.m.

SCA Varsity Athletes mentioned in this article (L to R): Graham Anderson, Maddox Powers, Tripp Roberts, Easton Enfinger

First Ever Fam Jam Fall Festival Is a Success!

Volunteers, parents, and teachers put hours into planning, preparing, and executing SCA’s first ever Fam Jam on Saturday, October 1. The fall festival was not only geared towards offering a fun family atmosphere, but it also raised money for SCA’s Football Program.

SCA Athletic Director Jay Flynt announced this week, “Due to your generous support and participation, Fam Jam was an amazing success! Seventy-five percent of the fundraising goal for football was met!”  

The theme of this year’s Fam Jam was “Gone Country” and all the booths, decorations, and costumes brought out the Western flair in those who attended. Booths, manned by parent volunteers, included milking a pretend cow, shooting Nerf darts at targets, riding a play horse, throwing horseshoes, roasting s’mores over a campfire, balloon popping contests, and many more creative activities. SCA senior football players and cheerleaders signed their autographs, families rode hay rides around the lake, and kids jumped and slid down bounce houses.

Mallory McBride (SCA parent, alum, and middle school cheerleading coach) was one of the organizers and brains behind Fam Jam. She and a group of other parents joined forces together to make Fam Jam a reality.

“Our goal for Fam Jam was family fun,” Mallory said. “We knew we could count it as a success if we had top to bottom participation from all grades from K3-12th. We have such great families at SCA, but we hardly ever interact together as a whole. We wanted to create an event atmosphere that allowed people to get to know each other and expand their social circles.”

It’s safe to say that Fam Jam was a success!

Will there be another Fam Jam? Mallory answers, “We hope to continue Fam Jam every October for years to come! Every year will be a new theme, but the structure will stay the same – family fun and a jammin’ good time!”

A “thank you” to all the volunteers from Coach Flynt: “A special thank you to the ladies who made Fam Jam possible, as well as all the staff and parents who volunteered to help with planning and coordinating the games, booths, and so much more! Without your time and effort, Fam Jam would not have been possible!”

2022 Around the Cross Invitational Cross Country Event Largest Meet in School History

Sherwood Christian Academy hosted the largest cross country meet in school history and the day was a great success! The “Around the Cross Invitational” was held on August 20 with 25 teams participating from the Southwest Georgia area.

Sherwood Christian School cross country athletes did remarkably well in the competition.

SCA Cross Country Head Coach James Byrd said, “Not only did we have a smooth event, but our athletes and teams competed at the highest level and performed amazingly. Many of our athletes were recognized as top 10 finishers!”

Congratulations to all our cross country athletes. Special recognition goes to:

SCA’s Jr. Pro Boys team won 1st place!
SCA’s Jr. Pro Girls team placed 2nd!
SCA’s Varsity Boys team placed placed 4th!
SCA’s Middle School Boys team placed 4th!

Individuals:
Jr. Pro Girls 1st Place | Aaliyah Hawkins
Jr. Pro Girls 9th Place | Caroline Seward

Jr. Pro Boys 1st Place | Henry Wright
Jr. Pro Boys 4th Place | Brand Hemmings
Jr. Pro Boys 6th Place | Jordan Cleare
Jr. Pro Boys 7th Place | Tanner Mingo

Middle School Girls 5th Place | Jordyn Ban

Middle School Boys 3rd Place | Nati Russell

Varsity Boys 8th Place | Luke Bergrab

“We are very proud of where our students are right now for being the first meet of the season, and we are looking forward to an amazing rest of the season to come!” Coach Byrd said.

See more photos from the Invitational in the slideshow below! Photography by Dan Mingo.

Varsity Men’s Tennis Team Wins State Championship

The Sherwood Christian Academy Eagles won the GAPPS Team Tennis State Championship in Rome, Georgia, under the supervision of head coach, Wes Sadler and assistant coach, Amanda Moorhead on May 3!

The state team included Will Moorhead (#1 singles), Grant Fricks (#2 singles), Sam Moorhead (#3 singles), Josh Sancinito & Smith Langstaff (#1 doubles) and Jude Ham & Benjamin Brooks (#2 doubles). Senior, Grant Fricks, was on court at the end of the championship team event while it was tied 2-2 with Habersham School from Savannah.  Grant rallied in the second set cheered on by his teammates to pull out the victory for the Eagles winning the team match 3-2 with championship match victories by Will and Sam Moorhead. 

On May 2, Will Moorhead won the individual state championship title! Grant Fricks (for singles), Josh Sancinito & Smith Langstaff (for doubles) received all state recognition.

The team was also the Region Champion from its play on April 19 in Bainbridge, Georgia.  Will Moorhead won the individual region championship as well. Grant Fricks finished third and Sam Moorhead finished fifth in singles region play qualifying them for the state tournament. Josh Sancinito and Smith Langstaff were Region runner-ups (doubles) and Jude Ham & Benjamin Brooks (doubles) placed fifth earning both squads a place in the state tournament.

GO EAGLES! We are proud of this team!

Track and Field Varsity Girls Win GAPPS State Championship

Congratulations to the varsity girls track and field team for winning the GAPPS State Championship in April!

Ellie Jane Wright finished the meet as the highest scoring individual D1 girl and was awarded the “High Point Earner Award.”

In addition to the team winning State, the following girls and boys finished 1st place in their respective events:
Anna Kroll – 1st in Shot Put
Allie Hemmings – 1st in 100m Hurdles
E.J. Wright – 1st in 100m Dash; 1st in 200m Dash
Ahlias Pobre – 1st in Pole Vault

Go Eagles! We are proud of you!

Varsity Basketball Player Owen Henshaw Scores 1000 Career Points

SCA Junior Owen Henshaw scored his 1000th career point at home on January 22 in a win vs. Rock Springs Christian Academy. Owen averaged 18 points a game during his sophomore year. This year, as a junior, he is averaging 20.3 per game. If he maintains a similar average during his senior year, he will be pushing 2000 points in his career!

“Scoring 1000 points in a high school career is an impressive milestone,” said Head Basketball Coach Kenny Roberts. “It takes commitment to basketball and shooting. Owen shoots basketball year-round. He is a relentless competitor who is developing as a leader among his teammates and classmates.” Headmaster Dr. Dougherty added, “Owen has proven himself as a shot-maker and a leader since his junior pro days. I have enjoyed watching him develop as an elite player. I could not be more proud of his accomplishment.”

SCA has been blessed to have three 1000-point scorers in five years on varsity men’s basketball teams. The last SCA player to reach this milestone was Grant Raven, Class of 2020. Previously, it was Stan Smith in the Class of 2018. Most schools go years without one!

Congratulations, Owen!

UPDATE: Owen scored a total of 1,129 career points after his final game this season in February 2021!