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How did spring practice go at Pace Academy? It didn’t.
The Atlanta private school did not hold spring drills for football.
“The reality for us is that spring sports — even without playoffs — end only one week before AP Exams begin, so to ask our student-athletes to spend that time beginning another sport seems unrealistic to me,” Pace coach Matt Hall said. “With the entire summer to get players in the weightroom and to have the opportunity to work with specific athletes, I do not see the merit in a spring practice at this level.”
Pace, which has around 170 male athletes taking classes, encourages its students to play multiple sports throughout the school year. There were six varsity sports for males during the spring.
No spring practice? No big deal at Pace, which may be a playoff contender in Region 5-A. The Knights lost only eight starters, with many top players returning:
Will Brewster, QB: Should be one of the region’s best QBs, accumulating more than 2,000 all-purpose yards last year.
Alex Davis, WR/DB: All-Region last year as a junior, and will be No. 1 passing target.
Arthur Omilian, K/DB: Candidate for Class A’s top kicker.
Reade Midyette, LB/FB: Team leader and captain of defense.
Pace fans are also excited about the arrival of freshman Denzel Franklin, who projects to be a four-year starter at RB/LB.
Team: Pace Academy Knights
Last year’s record: 3-7
Starters lost: 8
Head coach: Matt Hall
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