Grace Academy 2021

Team Profile

Photos Courtesy of Mariah Cummings and Grace Academy

Q&A with Coach Bob Ateca

Coach Bob Ateca at Grace academyQ: How would you characterize this year’s team?

A: We are experienced, with many returning players from last year’s team.

Q: What will be the keys to your success?

A: We will need to make the transition from 11- to eight-man football, so a lot of time will be spent in learning the differences and how we can best place our players in the right positions for success.

Q: Who will be your key leaders on the team?

A: Cooper Knecht (QB/DB), Mason Long (WR/LB), Tyler Parrott (RB/LB), Cole Mason (WR/LB), Caleb Adams (WR/DB), and Bo Swanson (OL/DL).

Q: What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A: We will be competing for the first time with schools our size.

Q: What will keep you up at night?

A: Learning the game of eight-man football, along with depth, which is always an issue with a small roster.

Q: What can you build on from last year?

A: We won two of our last three games last year and are bringing back a large group of those same players.

Q: Any lessons learned  from last year?

A: We have to spend more time on the basics of blocking and tackling.

Q: Will we see anything different this year?

A: We are moving to eight-man football, so everything will be different, including offense, defense, and special teams.

Q: How would you characterize your team’s speed?

A: We will be faster, due to having experienced players and being a year older.

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Coach Name: Bob Ateca (24 yrs. as a head coach, 12th as head coach at Grace)

Division/Class: TN II-A

2020 Overall Record: 2-8

2020 District Finish: 7th

Mascot: Golden Eagles


2021 Schedule


13 Bradley Knights (H)

20 Ezell-Harding (A)

27 Evangel Christian (A)


3 Providence Christian (A)

10 Christian Community School (H)

18 Lancaster Christian (H)

24 Zion Christian (TBD)


8 Franklin Christian (A)

14 TSD (H)

22 Sacred Heart (H)


Coach’s View

We believe that moving to eight-man football will give us an opportunity to have more success. We have struggled with numbers over the years, which made it difficult when injuries occurred. Having more depth will be a great advantage that we have not had in past years.  

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