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2014 Fall Camp Tour: Park Christian Falcons

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(WDAY TV) - Park Christian began a football team from scratch in 2011, but are starting to see the growth they were hoping for and believe they're ready to take the next step in 2014.

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They’ll do it with a new coach, Tim Kerr, who was an assistant on staff.

They're coming off their first playoff win last season, but return just five players.

2014 marks the 4th season of Park Christian football. Each year has been a stepping stone for the program, and despite only five seniors this year, they expect to continue the progression.

Jake: I think we are going to do really well as a team; a lot of guys have been working hard in the off season, I think we can be successful this year.

Zach: I'm pretty optimistic about the season, I mean our guys have really come together, I have been playing this three years and I think this is the best camaraderie that we have had already. 

After a season that saw the Falcons win their first ever playoff game, many people may count them as rebuilding only returning five starters and a brand new head coach.  But don't tell them that.

Zach: I think we are overlooked by a lot of teams and we are just going to have to fight through that and use that as motivation.

Tim: We want to get back to the playoffs and we want to continue progressing in the playoffs if we can, would love to win that second round game this year and continue on.

To accomplish goals like that with a young roster the Falcons know they are up for a tough task, but it's something they say they are prepared for.

Zach: For the guys you know just working hard, they want it bad and if you want it bad you are going to be successful.

Tim: The strength of this team is the heart of the players, they are going to give 100% on every play and we haven't had a lot of experience we talked about our youth but we do have a lot of desire and I think that's going to carry us a long ways.

The Falcons hope that carries them right into their first state tournament berth.

Park Christian opens August 28th with WAO. Wednesday, North Dakota opens up. 

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Eric Manlove
I am a Fargo native having graduated from Fargo South High School.  I earned my Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting from Minot State University.  At MSU I was very active, being part of the campus TV station KMSU as a sports anchor, played baseball for a year, Assistant Sports Information Director, the "Voice of the Beavers" hockey team as the play by play personality traveled to the 2011 ACHA National Tournament in Delaware with them and was also an active member in the Student Government Association. I worked as the weekend Sports Anchor for KXMC for over a year.  I also worked news for them after graduation and am part of an Emmy winning news staff for coverage of the Mouse River Flood of 2011. I started working at WDAY in June of 2012 and I couldn't be happier with this decision to return to Fargo.  I love the opportunity to cover sports in my hometown, it makes my work that much more rewarding.
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