Michael Carter, Conway Christian’s football coach and athletic director, let the Conway Kiwanis Club in on a code at Wednesday’s luncheon.
It wasn’t secret.
Carter, who is beginning his third year, is passionate about recognizing the school’s misson plus its past, present and future.
The athletes at Conway Christian hear or repeat that code each day.
It’s a number code and it goes in rather obvious order:
1: “Your relationship with God,” Carter said.
4: “Obviously, some families are bigger, but the average family size is four,” Carter said. “This is really difficult at our house and with schedules nowadays, but I want our kids to sit down at the table with their families and have a conversation.”
13: “That’s the number of seniors we lost last year from our football team. It’s different for every sport. We want this year’s team to represent them in the best way,” he said.
9: The number of years Conway Christian has had football. “We want to represent the players who have gone through before,” Carter said.
22: Years Conway Christian has existed. “Every person who has gone though school the past 22 years we want to represent the right way,” he said.
The former Greenbrier and Central Arkansas star has coached at several high schools. He loves his experience at Conway Christian, which has earned the all-sports award (based on conference and playoff finishes) for Class 1A-2A two years straight. CCS is the second-smallest school playing football in Class 2A (two ahead of Union Chrisitian of Fort Smith).
“We have good people in our athletic program and they come from good people,” he said. “It’s great to come to work each day.”
That doesn’t mean he’s dealing with a school full of angels.
Wednesday morning, after a cooler-than-usual practice, Carter heard a commotion in the locker room that he knew by the sound wasn’t good.
He walked into the locker room just in time to see a sophomore player, who had shed his practice togs for his birthday suit, diving across the locker room floor in super hero mode.
"Tomorrow we are gonna practice a little bit harder,” he said,
That would likely mean Code Red.
(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 505-1235 or firstname.lastname@example.org)