LCA Eagles football - 27 Teams in 27 Days

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Just four seasons removed from the 2009 Class-A state championship, the LCA Eagles went from 14-1 to 1-10.

A new season has a new coach: 25-year-old Ethan Atchley. Quarterback Dima Ballard loves the change.

"I think Coach Atchley is a perfect fit for LCA and for the type of team we want to have this year," Ballard said.

Atchley is bringing back the spread offense, which the Eagles thrived in back in mid-to-late 2000's, in what he calls "basketball on grass."

"We've got a theme this year called Restore the Tradition," said Atchley, the second-youngest coach in Kentucky. "These kids were around when LCA was running a similar offense. They were around when the Lucas Witts, and Brandon Burdettes, and the Dominique Haydens and the like of that 2009 class, and our boys are buying in."

This offense is the same that Ballard helped run as a freshman and sophomore in 2011 and 2012.

"I really think what we are running this is really gonna highlight our smaller, faster players," he said.

Lexington Christian believes they will be the surprise team of central Kentucky in 2014, if they can avoid the injury bug. Injuries have destroyed the Eagles in recent years.

"If we can come out and stay healthy," LCA running back Nick Whitman said. "We've got the coaches - we need the players. I definitely think we could come out and win some games this season."

Atchley said his team can be successful.

"Right now, I wouldn't put a number on success. But, at the end of the day, I firmly believe there is no doubt we can beat every single team on our schedule.'

Despite winning only once in 2013, linebacker Clay Ach says this ballclub will pay the price.

"Right now, we've got all the pieces to the puzzle," he said. "It's like how much are you willing to suffer for the entire team to succeed? Everyone is willing to suffer right now."

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