Changes within football program haven’t skewed approach for final two weeks

By: Mike Moore | Southfield Sun | Published October 5, 2011

 Southfield Christian quarterback Harding Fears looks to pass during a Sept. 29 game against Lutheran Northwest. Asked about the season thus far and final two games, Fears said, “the goal of this team is to keep moving forward.”

Southfield Christian quarterback Harding Fears looks to pass during a Sept. 29 game against Lutheran Northwest. Asked about the season thus far and final two games, Fears said, “the goal of this team is to keep moving forward.”

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BEVERLY HILLS — A 13-point lead had come and gone.

In less than two quarters’ time, what had the makings of the season’s first victory slipped through chilled and rain-soaked hands on a windy Thursday night.

It had been a tough week for the Southfield Christian football program, and by all accounts, this could have been the moment where the proverbial white flag of surrender was waved.

But it wasn’t.

“We’ve dealt with a lot, but our focus is on playing together, on getting this team better for the last couple weeks of the season,” junior quarterback Harding Fears said after a 26-13 loss to Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest Sept. 29. “We’ve been through a lot, but the goal of this team is to keep moving forward.”

Fears smiled, emitting a certain sense of ease, but as he alluded to, nothing has been easy this fall for the Eagles.

After winning three of their final four games to close out 2010, expectations were on the rise when 2011 began.

But after a 7-6 loss against Pittsford High in the opener, things started to unravel.

The Eagles were overmatched in week two in a 34-0 loss to Britton-Deerfield, lost 34-7 to Grosse Pointe Liggett and then fell to Sterling Heights Parkway Christian and Westland Lutheran by a combined five points.

During the team’s preparation prior to the Northwest game, former coach Tim Fracassi replaced coach Harold Macks.

Southfield Christian Athletic Director Tim Donnan said, “Our interim football coach is Tim Fracassi. He’s been a person who’s run the program in the past and has been around the team all year. … When the season is over, we’ll worry about the future and who will be coaching.”

Macks, who took over head coaching duties when Fracassi stepped aside following the 2009 season and was 3-6 in his first year with the team, said he believed the decision to let him go had more to do with his coaching style than the wins and losses.

“The way I understand it, my expectations as far as how I ran practice and the level of commitment I asked from the guys was too intense,” Macks explained. “It’s tough knowing there’s no future for me at the school, because I love Southfield Christian and love those guys, but this is the decision that was made.”

Fracassi, who in two seasons as the head coach was 12-6 and made the playoffs in 2008, said he accepted the position for the rest of the year only and wants to do everything in his power to help his guys end it on a positive note.

“We’re going to accomplish as much as possible,” he said. “We’re going to pick up where coach Macks left off, continue to promote spiritual growth, accountability and discipline, and see what we can do. These guys deserve to enjoy their last few games of football.”

 

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