In rebuilding year, Christian Academy team fighting win

If there was ever a team looking to get back to the good days, it's Hilton Head Christian Academy.

The football team won four state championships in seven years, dating back to 2006. But as of late, the Eagles have produced just nine wins in their last three seasons.

It's been an uphill battle, but running back Daniel Harrington believes the program is headed in the right direction.

"It's obvious we are not very big in size or number wise, but I think everyone here wants to win and they aren't going to give you anything but their best," said Harrington.

After winning just one game in 2016, HHCA clinched five wins last season. Harrington said the team was hard at work during the offseason and with more bodies on the field, things are looking up for the Eagles.

"This summer we put in a lot of work," said Harrington. "Two to three hours a day in the weight room, running routes. I think we are looking really good this season. We have eight more people out here this year than last year and in years past. I think we are starting to build a better culture here and hopefully start winning some championships."

The Eagles have a ton of experience and head coach Ron Peduzzi will lean on his veterans to shepherd the underclassmen on and off the field. He believes all his guys will bring their A game.

"They aren't vocal guys, but there are several of them that leave everything out there on Friday nights," said Peduzzi. "We got some talent, some athletic guys. We are not real big up front, but we have nine seniors and that's a plus. We look to be competitive in every game. Our goal here is to have a winning culture practicing and in the games."

The Eagles, who won their last state title in 2012, aren't far from the glory days. As they continue to rebuild, HHCA is hopeful they will be able to hoist another trophy soon.

"We are still looking for an identity," Peduzzi said. "We want to compete every Friday night as hard as we can and see what happens from there."

Latrice Williams is a freelance writer based in Savannah.

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