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Chargers try to win games again

By Anthony Rhoads, Doug Gorman and Jeffery Armstrong

The Eagle's Landing Christian Academy Chargers started the 2003 season by winning two games but are currently on a two-game losing streak.

Two weeks ago, ELCA traveled to Macon and lost 48-9 to Mt. de Sales and last week lost 14-13 to Flint River at home.

"We're 2-2 and not happy about it but we're going to get back at it this week," ELCA head coach Tim Luke said.

The Chargers play at Central Fellowship this Friday.

"They have five of the fastest players in the GISA," Luke said. "We're going from trying to stop a bulldozer to trying to catch a cheetah."

Creating turnovers: In their 33-3 victory over Jonesboro Friday night, the Lovejoy Wildcats intercepted three passes and recovered three fumbles.

Aaron Williams picked off two passes, including returning one 80 yards for a touchdown.

Jordan Chastain intercepted a Jonesboro pass in the fourth quarter.

Scoring points: Lovejoy's defense has played well so far this season by allowing just 36 points but the offense is alreay in high gear.

Lovejoy is averaging 34 points a game this season. Lovejoy scored 42 against Forest Park, 28 against Mt. Zion and 33 against Jonesboro.

Look into the future: When North Clayton quarterback Ozier France went down with an injury Friday night freshman Morgan Burnett came into the contest to take the snaps from under center.

If that last name is familiar to Eagles' fans, there is good reason. His brother Cap was a standout football player at North Clayton in the late 1990s, helping lead North Clayton to a region title in 1997. He later signed with Georgia.

Twice in a row: There's not a lot of history between Northgate and North Clayton, but with a their loss on Friday night, the Eagles have now lost both meetings in the series.

In the house: Union Grove head coach Scott Mason and Stockbridge head coach Danny Fairbanks were at Saturday night's Henry County and Eagle's Landing game. Both men were assistant coaches at Eagle's Landing before getting a chance to run their own programs.

Streaking Raiders: The Riverdale Raiders have beaten the Morrow Mustangs for the fifth straight time, dating back to the 1998 season.

Morrow hasn't beaten Riverdale since a 22-21 victory over the Raiders in the fifth week of the 1994 season.

"It's a little hard to get these guys fired up to play Morrow, especially since we've had the upper hand recently," said Riverdale head football coach Rodney Hackney.

While the Raiders have owned the Mustangs lately, they have streaked the opposite way against their next opponent, the Starr's Mill Panthers.

Riverdale has lost the last four meetings in the series with Starr's Mill, including a heartbreaking 27-26 loss at home last season.

Riverdale won the initial meeting between the two schools 56-13 in 1998.

Got to work: Morrow wide receiver, safety and kicker Benton Smith did everything but sell popcorn Saturday night against Riverdale. He ran 68 yards combined for first downs on two fake punts, played defense well and caught a 35-yard pass for a key first down.