Stingrays set sights on successful season

In the shadow of the Interstate-110 Bridge on a busy Wednesday afternoon in Pensacola, Lighthouse Private Christian Academy’s football team is on a field holding another practice.

The hum of vehicles flying by on the bridge drown out the calls of the quarterback on occasion, but the excitement of the players rises above the noise on a muggy summer day.

This is a group of players eager to improve, a group motivated to defy the odds and have success despite not having the talent or size or strength of some of the more established teams in the area.

But then, it’s only year two for the program. There are still growing pains ahead. At the same time, there is hope, stemming in part from the unity this team has and in part from the belief that success is within reach.

“We’ve turned into a real family,” Lighthouse head coach Oliver Longley said. “We have a lot of new guys mixed in with some older guys, and you always wonder how team chemistry is going to go. It’s been wonderful to watch them form bonds.

Read the full article in the Aug. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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