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Reserve quarterback Jordan Long is getting plenty of reps this spring while starter Dalton Etheridge is involved with the baseball team.
McDONOUGH — The championship rings have been handed out, now its time for Eagle’s Landing Christian to get back to work.
Chargers coach Jonathan Gess opened spring practice on Monday for the Class A private school champions, and everyone seems ready.
“I’ve been waiting on this everyday since we won the title,” ELCA all-state defensive lineman Andrew Williams said. “I’m hungry to get another.”
Williams has been busier than most of his ELCA teammates this spring with entertaining college coaches about everyday. The standout lineman has about 45 offers, which he expects to pick a top 10 list at the conclusion of spring drills.
“I’m just ready for things to settle down,” Williams said.
Gess is looking to replace four offensive starters and six defensive regulars from the championship team. One of the key replacements has to be do-it-all running back/linebacker Keyante Green, who signed with Purdue.
Green closed his career with nearly 5,000 yards rushing. Lane Timpson and Cameron Stewart are getting a lot of work in the running back spot. Gess said the two could combine to make up for the loss of Green, who was rated as a top running back prospect in the state last season.
The Chargers are without quarterback Dalton Etheridge this spring as he is a member of the baseball team, which is playing for a state title this weekend.
“We know what Dalton can do,” Gess said. “When he went down with an injury last season, we were sort of lost. Although we would like for him to be here, it could be a good thing.”
Jordan Long is getting the majority of the reps during spring drills and Brad Moore is seeing some action.
“It has been great in developing some depth,” Gess said. “We have spent some time teaching them the pace of practice. We have gone over how to lineup right.”
This will also be the second straight spring the Chargers have a new defensive coordinator. However, Zach Davis will not be on hand for spring drills because he is still under contract at Providence in Jacksonville, Fla., until the first of June.
Without the new coordinator, Gess said the team is just going over its base defense.
“It sort of stinks that he can’t be here, but we were in that situation before,” Gess said. “Our main thing is that if we can fly to the football and become relentless, we will be all right. We are going to work this summer, but we are looking for players that will fly to the ball.”
The defensive players say they are anxious to meet the new coach and learn his style.
“I think we are progressing well this spring,” ELCA standout linebacker Josh Shockley said.
“We are ready for the new guy,” Williams said. “I’m anxious to see what he is about and learn what we are going to be doing this season.”