In this year’s High School Football Preview and now the Sports section, The Blount Countian included information about the Lighthouse Warriors. This has sparked quite an interest within the community regarding who are the Lighthouse Warriors, where did they originate, and where do they play their games. I would like to clarify this information.
This is the sixth year the Lighthouse Warriors have fielded a team. They are a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian sports program and are part of the Alabama Christian Sports Conference. The players and cheerleaders are students who are homeschooled, but desire to participate in extra-curricular activities such as football. The large majority of the players are from Blount County; however, they have some players from adjoining counties.
The Warriors practice on Straight Mountain, but use Pinson Valley Youth Complex on Faucett Cut-Off Road in Pinson as their home field. Juan (J.J.) Duarte has been the head coach since the team came into existence. The assistant coaches include Dakota Duarte, Jonathan Metzler, Clay Ferrill, Reagan Cosper, and Cooper White. The team has had both good and bad seasons, but they continue to grow not only in numbers and ability, but in the Lord also.
To top it off, the Warriors had their first player go on to collegiate play this year. Tommy Allcorn attends Huntington College in Montgomery and plays middle linebacker.
Let me clarify that I am in no way associated with the Warriors. I have no players or cheerleaders on the team. I simply love the fact that the homeschool students have an outlet to participate in high school athletics. The closest connection I have to the team is that I love the coaches and have watched several of them grow up from a young age and become fine young men who love the Lord and have the desire to utilize their God-given talents of leading, teaching, and exemplifying the love of Christ.
If you have the opportunity to watch the Warriors play, I would recommend you do so. They provide some Friday night excitement under the lights with a lot of hard-hitting plays and moving the ball down the field. I hear there is talk of a basketball team coming soon. Stay tuned…