Lighthouse drive to succeed despite obstacles

Practice has just started for Lighthouse Private Christian Academy at Lion Park on a chilly Halloween afternoon in Pensacola. The team is working on kickoff coverage. It isn’t long before a hiccup occurs.

A soccer coach of a youth team walks over to Lighthouse head coach Oliver Longley and tells him his team of maybe eight players has the main field reserved during the same time slot in which the Stingrays are trying to practice.

Longley doesn’t bother trying to work something out with the soccer coach. He simply tells his team it only has a few minutes left to get work in. He then has his team move to a plot of grass on the other side of the fence near a playground to continue practice.

Most days the Lighthouse players practice on a football field under a bridge along I-110.  The hum of traffic is as prevalent as the sound of a crowd’s cheers in a stadium on a Friday night.

Read the full article in the Nov. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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