OTA Tuesday Practice

Tuesday “OTA” Workouts:

Starting Tuesday 5/05/2015 the Carolina Crusaders JV & Varsity Football teams will meet from 6:00-8:00 PM at Westminster Catawba Christian School in Rock Hill, SC for spring OTA’s. We will continue to meet every Tuesday after that through the month of May.

  • Attendance at these off season training activities is extremely encouraged. Schedules are subject to change at any time. We will keep you posted of any changes as they happen.
  • The Crusader adverse weather policy protocol will be in effect for all team activities.


  • Helmets will be distributed to all registered players for spring practices. If you have not registered please do so today! Waivers will be available for non registrants.
  • Players please come to practice ready to participate. Proper practice attire includes Cleats, T-Shirt, Shorts or Sweat Pants, Mouth Guard & Water Bottle.
  • Parents: The team will be providing helmets for these practices. It is your responsibility to supply a mouth guard and cleats for your son.
Westminster Catawba Christian School – 2650 India Hook Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732

A Championship Run – Todd G. Gongwer

The Carolina Crusaders had all of their coaches read “Lead For God’s Sake” by Todd G. Gongwer last season and it changed the way we approached coaching our team. Take a look at the story about how the book changed Urban Meyer that just posted on ESPN. It really cool to see how God used this book to reach so many people through a parable about a coach.  We highly recommend it to all of the Crusaders coaches, players and parents.

How Urban Meyer found his balance



A Championship Run!

By Todd G. Gongwer

With all the hype around the upcoming College Football National Championship I thought I’d share with you a few cool things happening in the world of LEAD…for God’s Sake.

Ohio State’s Head Football Coach Urban Meyer has continued to be a huge part of this journey, and as he prepares for another shot at the top, he has continued to reference the book as one of the key “game changers” in his life leading up to this point. Below are comments he shared at the National Championship Media Day, after being asked about LEAD…for God’s Sake and how often he references it.

I’m so appreciative of his genuine heart for this message! But most importantly, it’s been an incredible blessing to see the consistent peace in his eyes as he’s climbed back to this spot!

Stay tuned over the next few days for stories I’ve been interviewed for on popular platforms such as ESPN.com (story will be posted Sunday and Monday), Fansided.com (a part of SI.com (Sports Illustrated)), and I’ll also be live on the Doug Gottlieb Show Monday at 5:00PM. Don’t forget to tune in!

Thanks again for helping us share the message!

Big News!!!

The Carolina Crusaders are proud to announce that Coach Jeff Long will be returning to the team as varsity head coach for the 2015 season! Coach Long has coached the Carolina Crusaders to championships in 2011 & 2012.

I am very excited to have the opportunity to return to coaching for the team and organization that I love. The Carolina Crusaders provides a wonderful opportunity for players and coaches to participate in the game of football while growing as men of faith. I am looking forward to getting back on the field. Come and join me for the 2015 season!

Coach Jeff Long

The Love Of The Game

Does one season define a career? This is the question that you may think ran through the varsity Crusaders minds throughout the up and down 2014 football season. Seniors Blake Putnam, Brian White, Andrew Poe, Ben Robinson, John Brock and Daniel Jensen had known what it felt like to lose a game, but it had been a long time since they had ended a season without a championship. Back to Back to Back champions for the last three seasons. Yet the sting of a final loss to the Hickory Hawks Friday Night made it hard to think about past wins and loses.

You see, it was never about the streak, the dynasty or the championships. It wasn’t about even winning or losing for most of these young men. No, they just wanted to play the game and that they loved so much. To be around their teammates, coaches, comrades, brothers in Christ. To sweat it out in hot Carolina sun at practice, so they could battle it out under the lights on Saturday nights. The hitting, running, tackling, the sights, sounds and smells of the game. The sting they felt was not because they lost the game. It was because it they knew that they had just played their final play as a Crusader. An end to what had become a normal way of life for the past 4-5 years. And as the clock ran down and the tears flowed in the final seconds Friday night, these young men continued to do what they loved to do until the last whistle blowed. They played the game they loved…They played Crusader Football!

Does one season define a career? Not when your playing for more than final score.

Not when your playing for the love of the game.

Away Game vs Hickory Hawks Varsity

October 17th 2014 – Varsity Game – Away

8:30 PM Kickoff –  Carolina Crusaders vs Hickory Hawks


Hickory Hawks 10/17/2014

I-77 North to I-485 West, 18 miles to Hwy 16 north, 40 miles turn right Bethany Church Rd 8 miles, continue on S Depot St, right on Catawba St, Left State Rd 1716 S Lookout St, go 3.2 miles, Left on Oxford School Rd. 4675 Oxford School Rd, Claremont, NC 28610.

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Shutdown and Shutout!

Greensboro gave everything they had against the Crusaders on Saturday with a tremendous passing game. The Crusaders defense gave it right back to them by shutting down the areal attack and not allowing a single point in the game. The Crusaders offense put up 42 points with huge efforts by Daniel Jensen, John Brock, Brian White, Tim Gordon and Andrew Poe in a much needed win. Next up Hickory!

Final Score:

Carolina Crusaders 42

Greensboro Panthers 0

Away Game vs Greensboro Panthers Varsity

October 11th 2014 – Varsity Game – Away

7:00 PM Kickoff –  Carolina Crusaders vs Greensboro Panthers

Greensboro Panthers 10/11/2014

Glenn High School, Kernersville NC 1600 Union Cross Rd Kernersville, NC 27284

 I-77 N toward Charlotte, I-85 North toward Greensboro, US-52 N, follow signs for Interstate 85 Business/Lexington/Winston-Salem, Continue onto US-52 N, Take the exit onto I-40 E/US-311 S toward Greensboro/High Point, Keep left at the fork to continue on I-40 E,  Take exit 201 for Union Cross Rd, Turn right onto Union Cross Rd . 

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