“We have a varsity team,” Weir said. “A lot more boys have come out and we are going to play a varsity schedule. Coach Bobby Fairley is our head coach.”
Weir said that he met with Raymond Farmer last week about the limited numbers that were on the team as of last Friday.
According to Farmer, the Lions only had 14 players which consist of one senior, no juniors, six sophomores and seven freshman to compete in Class 2A.
“It wasn’t misleading information,” Weir said about Farmer stated in The Daily Home. “We weren’t sure about our numbers. We thought about playing a JV (junior varsity) schedule and that is he (Farmer) and I talked about. After I talked to the Alabama High School Athletic Association, we decided that we couldn’t do that and we needed to play our varsity schedule, so we are going to play it.”
The penalties for not having a varsity football team would have been substantial, $1,000 per game. The Lions would have had to pay a forfeit fee for 10 games and they would have been ineligible to play varsity football for two seasons.
“It would have been a financial loss not to have a season, but more than that it is not what the boys wanted,” Weir said. “The boys want to play and they don’t want to quit. It is all about them. They want to play and they don’t want to quit. We have had a varsity football team for 29 years and they want to have a varsity team. So we are going to play.”
Weir contacted Fairley on Monday about the coaching position. Fairley is familiar with Victory Christian. He was the defensive coordinator under Scotty Smith for the 2008 and the 2009 season. Fairley is the Lions third head coach in three seasons. According to Alabama High School Football Historical Society website, Fairley was the head coach at Bessemer Academy in 1995 and he also was the head coach for Leeds from 1988-1991. He has a record of 30-27.
“He is someone we know and that we trust him,” Weir said. “He is going to do a great job. He is excited to be here and we are excited to have him.”
The Lions held their first practice under Fairley on Wednesday afternoon. He said the players are excited about playing football this season.
“They have made up their minds and they are happy,” he said. “They are glad that we are going after it. I think that is what they wanted. They don’t know that they are too small and not as old as them 12th graders. They got in there and hung last year- they are a year older and they should do a little better just for that reason. The coaches did a good job with them, they are a lot further along fundamentally and they are a year older. They are going to hang in there and compete. I can’t say that they are going to win, but they are going to hang in there. The kids have a great attitude. I can’t ask them to give more because they are giving me everything that they got.”