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ELCA keeps record perfect with win

By Doug Gorman

dgprman@news-daily.com

The Eagle's Landing Christian Academy Chargers will play at Wesleyan next Friday for the Region 5-A title.

Friday night the Chargers tuned up for the game with a 49-12 victory over an overmatched Southwest Christian Academy.

ELCA scored on seven of its first eight series and built a 49-0 lead at the half.

Wesleyan also won Friday night, beating Mt. Pisgah Christian 41-0 to assure both teams will enter the game with perfect 9-0 records.

"We are really excited," said ELCA head coach Jonathan Gess. "It's a big game next week. We are just trying to stay focused. We talk about it all the time, no matter who we play, Eagle's Landing Christian Academy has to get better."

The Chargers have now outscored their opponents 396-51.

Friday night five different running backs scored touchdowns and starting quarterback Aaron Spratlin finished the game with a perfect 4 for 4 night, including two touchdown passes.

Alex Williams opened up the scoring with a 43-yard touchdown run on the Chargers' first series of the game and the squad was unstoppable from there.

ELCA took advantage of good field postion most of the night and took a 14-0 lead when Spratlin connected with Christian Reeves on a 23-yard touchdown strike.

John Tatum also got in the act in the first quarter when he bolted into the end zone from 38-yards out to make the score 21-0.

ELCA made it 28-0 late in the first quarter when Spratlin hooked up with Travis Mamon on 35-yard touchdown strike. Mamon juggled the ball near the end zone before hauling in the around the one and racing across the end zone.

D.J. Curl set up the next touchdown when he came up with one the team's three interceptions and returned it down near the five.

Two plays later, Avery Walls was in the end zone for the fourth score of the game and a 35-0 lead.

Keyante Green added a second-quarter touchdown on a 21-yard score and Bryson Durden rambled 60 yards for the Chargers' final trip to the end zone.

The Chiggers also got interceptions from D.J. Curl and Cameron Cagle to end Warrior drives.

Southwest Christian did manage to find the end zone twice in the second half.