Wednesday morning provided an opportunity for 27 players to put on football pads for the first time — ever.
Evergreen Lutheran – a small, private school in Des Moines — started a football program from scratch for the first time in school history this season.
Most of the players had never played football before, and got their first taste of popping pads at Zenith Park, with a 100-yard field chalked by head coach Jeff Kurbis.
Kurbis, shown above, coached football in Arizona. He led the effort to get football going at the small school because he believed it would help build unity among the students.
So far Kurbis believes the program has been a success.
"You can’t take anything for granted," Kurbis said. "You are basically going back to the beginning, starting from what a three-point stance is. To me it’s great. For every coach that has been in it for a while, it’s the fundamentals that get lost. And I can start from the basics because all of them have never done it before."
Here’s the story on Evergreen Lutheran’s football program.