By Tom Behrens
Jacob Phillips, another new head coach in the Katy area, received his start at Faith West Academy when he developed a strength and conditioning program at the school.
Phillips’ background includes playing football at Belhaven, and was signed as a undrafted free agent by the Seattle Seahawks. He spent time later playing arena football with the New Orleans Voodoo and Columbus Lions.
While developing the strength and conditioning program for the Eagles, the head football coaching position opened up. He applied and was accepted. Besides the coaching football at FWA, he serves as Athletic Director at Next Level Athletics in Katy.
The Eagles of FWA will continue their six-man, instead of 11-man football. “As of right now we don’t have the number of players we need to do a high school varsity football program in 11 man football. Right now I have 11 kids and expecting three more.
Six-man and Arena Football are similar in lots of aspects. In six-man football anybody can run downfield for a pass; in arena football, only the receivers and running backs can run downfield for a pass. Your linemen have to stay at the line in the passing game. In six-man it’s 15 yards for a first down; it’s 10 yards in arena football for a first down. Both games are high scoring. In six-man if a team has a lead by 45 points or more going into the second half, or at any point or time in the second half, the game is stopped.
With only 14 players, will FWA athletes play both offense and defense?
“It would be nice if you could split them up in a starting offense and defense. If the number of kids increase, I will definitely utilize that, but there may be a couple of players who play both ways.”
Last year the Eagles’ record was 6-5, playing one playoff game losing to Harvest Christian 62-46.
The Eagles lost a big part of their team with the graduation of Cort Laird who will be attending University of Mary Harden Baylor in the fall.
“I think we can fill the void pretty well,” said Phillips. “I think we have a group of guys who are a little bit physically stronger than last year’s group. We need to work on the speed aspect, but I think the strength we have, that we will be able to make great downfield blocks and allow us to really move the ball well.
“My quarterback right now is a baseball player for the school and has a pretty good arm. So hopefully we will be able to put the ball in the air and get some guys moving downfield. I think the run game will definitely be our strength.”
Conner Sibley, a running back from last year will be back, who will be an asset for us in the backfield, a pretty hard runner.
First game for FWA Eagles is an away game at Brazosport Christian School.