HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - The Central Virginia Disciples are in their ninth season and have seen themselves grow, both in numbers and success. The team is made up of homeschool students and this year's group of Disciples is looking to continue the squad's tradition of postseason success.
The Disciples were founded to give homeschoolers the chance to play high school football and the idea has grown into a tremendous success. This year sees 36 players on the team, up from 22 at the end of last season. While many of the players are from the Richmond metro area, several players come from as far as King George, Fredericksburg and Culpeper to be a part of the team.
The team is built on a faith-based culture and preaches playing for the name on the front of the jersey. It not only gives players a good foundation at the high school level, but also opens up opportunities for them to be seen by colleges and continue their careers.
This season, the Disciples boast a 7-2 record and are ranked number one in the nation among homeschool teams. They're chasing their third straight Mid-Atlantic Christian Conference championship and their second national title in the last three seasons. 2012 saw Central Virginia claim the national crown and the squad made it back to the championship game in 2013, but fell seven points short.
Central Virginia will kickoff in its first playoff game of 2014 this Saturday, as the Disciples face the Frederick Eagle at Carver Middle School in Chester at 1:00pm. To learn more about this group, or how you can donate to this self-funded organization, visit www.disciplesfootball.org.