By Doug Gorman
The Mt. Vernon Christian School Crusaders football team knew it was going to play for the Georgia Christian Athletic Association state championship at some point this weekend against defending champion Dawson Street in LaGrange.
For a time, the only two questions left to be answered was where and when the game would be played?
With a little help from the GCAA, a decision was made to play the game Friday night at Southern Crescent Stadium located off of Lake Dow Road at 7 p.m.
The controversy arose when Dawson Street balked at Mt. Vernon's choice of playing the game at Patrick Henry High School in Stockbridge.
"We were prepared to play anywhere," said Mt. Vernon head coach C.E. Rhoades. "We are glad we can just concentrate now on playing football."
The Crusaders advanced to the title game last week with a 36-27 victory against Shiloh Christian.
Mt. Vernon's Kevin Hall led the way with three TD runs and 120 yards in rushing
Clayton Fielder had two rushing scores. Matt Manry had a kickoff return for a touchdown right before the half to give the Crusaders a boost at halftime.
Hall and Nathan Cook led the defense with 11 tackles.
The two teams meet in the playoffs last year, with Dawson Street knocking the Crusaders out of the playoffs in the first round.
Dawson Street went on to win the state title.
A victory will give the Crusaders their second GCAA title in the last three years.
In 2002, Mt. Vernon also went undefeated en route to the GCAA title.