SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Ascension Christian Lions

SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Ascension Christian Lions
Ascension Christian Lions (Source: WAFB)

GONZALES, La. (WAFB) - The Ascension Christian Lions are stop No. 38 for Sportsline Summer Camp.

The Lions averaged 43.5 points per game last year in their three wins but just 13 points per game in their eight losses.

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Head coach Josh Puryear is entering his eighth season at the helm of the program and is known for throwing the ball around quite a bit out of the spread.

However, Puryear will have to make adjustments going into this season because his quarterback from 2019 actually suffered a bad back injury this offseason, which means change schematically. The team said it has to flush 2019 altogether.

“It’s going to probably take on a different role offensively this year but that’s a good thing for us,” said Puryear. “We’re probably not going to sling it around as much as we’re used to doing. We’re going to try and establish the run a little more this year but we’re also going to need all 11 guys on offense to contribute and be as efficient as possible.”

“We have to leave that behind,” added senior center and linebacker Collin Peterson. “We have to move forward. Can’t keep our heads on that and we have to adjust to a new system.”

Puryear said he expects his running back group to be one of the strongest positions on the team, led by senior Brady Gueho, who finished with eight touchdowns in 2019. As always, Class 1A programs face the challenge of low numbers but that’s something this group lives for when it comes to fun and team chemistry.

“Since we are so small, we are like a bunch of brothers,” said Gueho, who also plays linebacker. “So, we just have good friendships and we just enjoy being around each other. We always make each other laugh and I think that is really going to help us with football.”

“There is that camaraderie and that bond I find in that you are playing every snap. You are pushing each other, you are playing for each other when you are out there, and you are playing 60 minutes. You are not getting much of a break, other than halftime and in between quarters. So, it definitely built some character and some toughness in the guys,” Puryear explained.

Despite their 3-7 regular season record in 2019, the Lions did earn a playoff game.

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