Akelynn’s Angels Christian Academy will field its first football team this season, growing the count to 24 schools in Polk County that are competing in football. James Knight will guide the program as its first head coach.
Starting with just 28 players, several coming straight up from the youth leagues, Akelynn’s will field a roster sprinkled with eighth- through 12th-grade players.
Akelynn’s coaching staff reached out to many programs to put a schedule together and found themselves having to accept a straight diet of road games. Hence, the Wildcats will travel for all games this season. The program has a home field located on Seventh Street SW in Winter Haven where it now practices.
The Wildcats will run multiple sets on offense because they prefer to counter whatever the defense is utilizing as an attack strategy.
Dyvonique McWilliams, just an eighth-grader, is expected to handle a lot of snaps at quarterback along with DaZarrion Tollie.
If there is no consistency in the kicking game, the Wildcats will inform opposing coaches, before the game, they are not trying to be unprofessional, but they will be forced to attempt two-point conversions.
The defense will also shift from one formation to another based on the opponent. If the opposition likes to run, they will stack up the tackle box and vice versa.
Akelynn’s assembled at daunting first-year schedule that does not mirror a typical first-year program. The Wildcats open the season at IMG Academy White and also tangle with Columbia, Miami Christian and Clearwater Academy.
The coaching staff said the biggest challenge for the new program has been getting some consistency and there have been transportation issues for the players during the summer but were expected to clear up when the school year started.