By Anthony Rhoads
For the Eagle's Landing Christian Academy football team, the foundation for future success is not being built on the field but in the weight room.
Back in January, the Chargers got their weight room fully installed and now during the summer, the team is going through conditioning to get ready for camp later this summer.
"The dividends the weight room is playing is already evident," ELCA head coach Tim Luke said.
Time spent in the weight room and in general conditioning is a must for football players, Luke said.
"It's extremely important," he said. "It's mandatory that you stay in shape during the summer and be ready for the work at camp. You have to work on quickness, you have to work on strength, you have to work on speed and agility during the off-season. If you don't, you won't be ready to do any good work at camp. You've got to get your kids acclimated to the heat or it becoming a health risk."
The Chargers will report to camp July 22 at the Georgia FFA-FHA Camp in Covington, a site that has served the team well in the past.
"They do a fantastic job," Luke said. "It's an ideal place to go."
The 2003 season will be a rebuilding year for the Chargers. In 2002, the team finished 6-6 and made it to the second round of the GISA Class AAA state playoffs.
The team loses several key seniors including starting quarterback-defensive back Chris Carver. Another key loss is Jake Hiett, who led the GISA last year in rushing yardage as a sophomore. Hiett has transferred to Jackson, a team that went to the GHSA Class AA state playoffs last year.
"He wants to see how he can do at a program like Jackson," Luke said. "We wish him nothing but the best."