Posted: 8:28 pm Friday, October 9th, 2009

Jupiter Christian readies for Charlotte Christian after 11-hour ride 

By Jason Lieser

There might not be a more detail-obsessed coach than Jupiter Christian’s Bill Powers — and he’d probably take that as a compliment.

“Things that most people don’t think are a big deal are a big deal to me,” Powers said.

Before his team’s 11-hour ride to North Carolina for Saturday night’s game against defending state champion Charlotte Christian, Powers boarded a bus with about 30 black and red clones.

Powers had his entire varsity roster (19 players) plus 10 or so JV players at Jupiter Christian for a 6 a.m. departure this morning and every single player showed up in his red jersey and black shorts. Then when the team left its hotel for a meal with the opposition, every player had traded in his shorts for khakis.

This is one of Powers’ quirks and he believes it prevents the other team from identifying and targeting specific players. He is adamant that every single player look uniform at all times. When the Eagles (5-0) warm-up tomorrow, each player will be dressed exactly alike again, without even a single wristband or sock out of step.

A few interesting notes from the bus ride:

– Powers discussed his future as coach of the program, which will come under some speculation when his youngest son, Ryan, graduates next year. Powers said, at this point, he plans on coaching the Eagles well beyond the 2010 season. He resurrected this program from its deathbed and seems to enjoy every minute of the job.

– Several of the JV players slept through this afternoon’s film session on the bus. Don’t think they will see much playing time tomorrow.

– This is a pretty loose group. Most players were joking with each other the moment the bus left the Jupiter Christian parking lot and never stopped. QB Marshyl Rothman spent most of the trip speaking with a Russian accent or sleeping. He also informed me that Goldie Hawn is “pretty hot for an old lady.”

–My favorite part of the bus ride was this sign posted in the bathroom:

I'm very relieved the bus company prohibits a man in a hat watching someone use the bathroom.

I'm very relieved the bus company prohibits a man in a hat watching someone use the bathroom.

As far as football is concerned, Charlotte Christian is one of the best teams in the Charlotte area and has at least three BCS prospects, but Jupiter Christian has every reason to feel confident heading into this game.

The Eagles’ 32 straight wins haven’t come by accident. It is hard for such a small program to endure any turnover, but they have had some critical constants over the past three seasons: 1. A productive running game powered by a durable running back (Will Powers) and an elusive, dual-threat quarterback (Rothman), 2. Solid quarterback play (Rothman leads the area in passing efficiency this season and was top four last year), 3. A sturdy run defense and 4. Very few mental mistakes, blown coverages and penalties.

Of their five wins this season, four have come against teams that have realistic playoff hopes.

I’ve seen some film on Charlotte Christian this week and it does not have as dangerous a threat at quarterback and seems to have more size than speed — which should be favorable for Jupiter Christian. The Knights also commit a lot of offensive line penalties, though many went unflagged in the two games I saw.

Out-of-state games are very difficult to predict, particularly because they don’t share common opponents, but there’s really no reason to doubt the Eagles in tomorrow night’s game.

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