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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


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


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.


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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