Coventry Christian School Adds Football, Joins KSFL
Newest member set to begin play in the fall of 2023
The Keystone State Football League continues it's strategic expansion with the addition of a new school, with a new football program. Coventry Christian School, located in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, is adding football to its athletic program and will compete in the Mid-Atlantic region's only 8-player league, bringing KSFL membership to eight (8) schools.
"We are glad to be joining a great group of schools in the KSFL, I look forward to seeing the league and 8 player football grow in the years to come," asserted Rick Kocher, who will lead the Eagles inaugural season as head coach. "I'm looking forward to helping to develop resilient young men, and football is a tool to help meet that goal. Having a football team adds an extra dimension to Coventry Christian School; this will help us retain students that might have left without football."
“We are very excited to welcome Coventry Christian to the league, as we continue to grow our brand of football in some great ways. As we considered our next round of expansion, Coventry was an early choice. They are building the base of their program in some very good ways already," stated Paul Sipes, KSFL commissioner.
Coventry Christian AD Kevin Roussey is also looking forward to his school's expansion of programming and the opportunities it will bring, stating "We are very excited to launch football at Coventry this coming fall. As our enrollment increases, it is important that we add more programs for our student-athletes. I think the addition of football is great for our school community as it offers another opportunity for us to come together and support one another."
The KSFL added Maryland School for the Deaf, Model Secondary School for the Deaf, and Randolph Macon Academy in 2022. The league footprint spans Central/Southeast Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia, Western Maryland, and Washington, DC. The KSFL was stablished in 2019 by charter members Delaware County Christian School, Mercersburg Academy, Perkiomen School, and Valley Forge Military Academy.
Teams will continue to play a round-robin league schedule, with seven regular-season games and the top four teams qualifying for the playoffs. Higher seeds will host each playoff game. Teams also have league bye weeks when some travel to play non-league opponents in the Southeast and in New England. The 2023 season is scheduled to kick off the weekend of September 9. Coventry Christian's first game will be against defending league champion, MSD.
Eight-player football is full-contact, tackle football. The eight-player game removes three players from an 11-man lineup (two linemen and a backfield player on offense, with a variety of defensive options), which opens the game up for higher-scoring contests and puts a premium on athleticism and skill rather than size and brute force. Like in traditional 11-player football, there is no minimum or maximum height or weight for eligibility.
Eight-player football participants frequently go on to play at all levels of college football (including NCAA Division I, II, and III institutions). Alumni of eight-player football at the high-school level include a Heisman Trophy winner (Rashaan Salaam, running back, University of Colorado), an Outland Trophy winner (Dean Steinkuhler, offensive lineman, University of Nebraska), and current NFL player Leighton Vander Esch (linebacker, Dallas Cowboys/Boise State University).