All it took was one call to action and they showed up.

"Just tell me what I need to do, put me to work!"

In full force, ready to get the job done.

"All I want to do is put the nut on there and not tighten them. That's it right there."

With the plan in hand, this crew of community volunteers loaded up their trailers, powered up their drills, and built a brand new set of bleachers from the ground up.

"We have a group at our church and we have a motto that is "love where you live" and these guys are showing some love to our school and helping us put them together, saving us some money so we can hopefully get them up before the big game on Friday,” said Jimmy Messer, Head of School at Cottage Hill Christian Academy.

Come Friday night these new seats will be filled as the warriors host the playoffs for the first time in school history.

"Without a shout of a doubt this is a special group of young men,” said Chris Brazell, Cottage Hill Christian’s Head Football Coach.

A year ago, this team only won three games and they finished 7th in their region. But with this season came new attitudes thanks to a new head coach.

"We just said look, the windshield is bigger than the rearview mirror and we are going to look forward and we are not going to look in the past."

That's when things started to click.

"It's like everyone buys in this year and everyone works hard and looks at it one game at a time,” said Samario Rudolph, Cottage Hill Senior football player.

"No one gives up. Everybody wants to get the job done. Everybody believes we can do it,” said Cory Alexander, Cottage Hill Senior football player.

That mindset helped them go undefeated in region play and win the region title for the first time in school history.

Cottage Hill Christian Football team finds success

Cottage Hill Christian Football team finds success

But they say they aren't done yet.

"I know that we are going to give everything we have in the playoffs it's special to us and we are going to make sure that we give everything we can,” said Alexander.

Hoping to bring that blue map home and not just for themselves.

"We are not just winning for us. We are winning for the school, the community and all of the fans,” said Rudolph.

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