'Confident' Reeves is big part of ELCA's success

By Derrick Mahone


Eagle's Landing Christian quarterback Aaron Spratlin sometimes feels like a kid at Christmas when he is on the field with all receiving and running talent around him.

At any given time, Spratlin can hand the ball off to running backs Keyante Green, John Tatum, Avery Walls or Alex Williams. But when its time to throw it, the junior quarterback looks to his all-state caliber receiver Christian Reeves, a top FBS recruit.

"It is always fun to throw to him," Spratlin said. "He is just a playmaker. Whenever we need it, he can flat out just come up with it. I can always trust him."

Reeves, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior, can be counted on to make a play. Heading into Friday's Class A quarterfinals game at Clinch County, he has 43 receptions for 873 yards and 10 touchdowns with 15 carries for 103 yards and another touchdown.

Through 12 games, Reeves only has dropped two passes.

Of Spratlin's 81 completion, 43 has gone to Reeves. Last season in helping the Chargers reach the second round of the playoffs, he had 25 receptions for 600 yards and five touchdowns.

"I have the mentality that the ball is mine," Reeves said.

"I feel no one else is going to get it."

ELCA coach Jonathan Gess says that Reeves confidence has been contiguous to the team.

"Guys feed off it," Gess said.

"He is what takes us to the next level. He is as big an impact as Avery is on our defense. He makes play plays."

Despite all his personal accomplishments, Reeves is more happy with the team's accomplishment of winning the region for the first time since joining the Georgia High School Association, and the Chargers' playoff run.

This is the first time that ELCA has advanced past the second round of the playoffs.

"The No. 1 thing now is that we are 12-0 and still alive in the playoffs," he said. "We are playing well.

I'm having my best season yet. It is great playing in this offense with all these weapons."

The offense is averaging 411 yards of offense and producing 42 points per game.

Gess is most proud that the players have jelled together as a unit, and there is no hint of jealously among a talented array of skill players.

"Any one of those guys can take it to the house," he said.

"There is no jealousy among them, they have a lot of confidence in each other."

Reeves believes part of the reason he is playing so well is because he is more relaxed this season.

He said he is really solid in his college choice of Virginia Tech, a top program in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Coming into the season, he was three-star rated receiver and was ranked No. 49 in the state by rivals.com, a high school prospects recruiting service. He chose Virginia Tech over Central Florida, Vanderbilt, Michigan and Air Force.

"I don't have to worry about recruiting," Reeves said.

"My mind is totally in the game. I feel so relaxed and confidence.

All the work I did this summer in going to camps has made me so much of a better player. Every time the ball comes to me, I feel confident that I will make the play."