Of all football programs, Western Christian shouldn’t be intimidated by it’s current predicament.
The Lancers finished last in the Ambassador League last season, but perhaps even more revealing is that new coach Michael Khoshkbariie began spring practice with just 18 players on the roster.
Western Christian has beaten the odds before – quickly. The Lancers went from three wins to an undefeated regular season in just two years, surging to the CIF-SS semifinals in 2013. But just as quickly, Western found itself at the bottom of the league again.
The Lancers have their work cut out again in an Ambassador League that is deeper than it was two seasons ago. But Khoshkbariie already has 40 players out for the team.
One of those players is aiming to become the all-time leader in career receiving yards in San Bernardino County history. Matthew Thompson needs 310 yards to claim the record. Throwing him the ball will be senior Anthony Hudson, who sat out the first two games of last season following a transfer from Upland. Hudson had 10 touchdowns opposite three interceptions over the final six games of last year.
“We’ve got a decent senior class of skill players, but we’re not sure how great we’re going to be up front, “Khoshkbariie said. “We have the capability to turn this around. It’s going to be a process, but there’s definitely hope.”