Grace Football Ranked #2 Small School Nationally
Grace Brethren Football is looking to stay hot after being ranked #2 small school nationally by Maxpreps.com.
Small schools are those schools that play in state playoff divisions that are comprised of teams that generally have less than 1,000 students. In the case of California, which has some sections that base playoff divisions on competitive equity rather than enrollment, the school's enrollment is considered. Rankings are based on MaxPreps computer preseason rankings and are listed with last year's record.
The Lancers won the Southern Section Division 4 championship last year and topped Del Oro (Loomis) 21-14 in the California 2-AA state bowl game. A total of 13 starters return, including six on offense and seven on defense. The defense should be particularly strong with LB Josh Henderson (6-1, 210), DT/OL Jay Toia (6-3, 330) DE Soane Toia(6-0, 270) returning. Henderson had 157 tackles last year and is the top returning rusher with 857 yards. Nate Bennett leads the offense after catching 21 passes for 558 yards and five scores as a junior.
Grace Brethren opens the season ranked #1 in CIF Division 3. Key opponents on the schedule include Oaks Christian, Oak Hills, Muir, and Westlake. League play opens up September 4 vs Bishop Diego.
"I think the biggest lesson that I learned during my time at Grace was the importance of truly owning your faith and finding ways to apply it to all aspects of your life, including your education."
A peek into summer athletics and who to contact for sport specific details.
Even though we had to postpone the Preschool graduation ceremony until later in the summer, we wanted to do something special to honor our graduates and celebrate their successes.