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Life Christian says its football team is being deliberately excluded from the playoffs

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Life Christian Academy players take part in drills at Point of Rocks Park in Chesterfield on Oct. 23. In just their second year, the Eagles have been competitive despite a schedule filled with nationally renowned programs. Their lack of in-state opponents, however, has prevented them from VISAA postseason play.

“There’s an ‘I’ in VISAA, which is ‘independent.’ Schools make their own decisions."

Dick Kemper, executive director of the VISAA

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QB NaQuari Rogers during Life Christian Academy football practice at Point of Rocks Park in Chesterfield, VA Wed. Oct. 23, 2019.

“I want to raise our stature in the state. I don’t want to overrun them. I want to raise the whole [league].”

Mike Cherry, administrator at Life Christian

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Running back Tre Mason (left) and quarterback NaQuari Rogers lead a Life Christian team loaded with high-level talent. But they’re stuck without a chance to play for a championship game in Virginia.

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Life Christian, based in Chesterfield, has played against one in-state team this season. Life beat defending VISAA D-I champion Flint Hill 24-7.

“We’re not just a sports school. We’re preparing kids for college in every way — academically, socially and athletically as well.”

Mike Cherry, administrator at Life Christian

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Eric Kolenich writes sports stories for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, focusing on local athletes and teams. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008 with a BA in English and joined the paper in 2009. (804) 649-6109

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