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Stockbridge falls, ELCA advances in football playoffs
by Bobby Tedder
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Robert Beecham (19), here fighting through traffic, and the Tigers saw their season end last week against Marist
Robert Beecham (19), here fighting through traffic, and the Tigers saw their season end last week against Marist
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And then there was one.

The Henry County contingency of football teams still playing for state supremacy has been pared down to Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy.

The Chargers (11-1) will host George Walton Academy Friday night in one half of the GHSA Class A-Private semifinals — with a date in the Georgia Dome on the line.

ELCA got here by dispatching defending champs Savannah Christian 42-7 last week. Junior quarterback Dalton Etheridge paced the Chargers, accounting for 250 yards of total offense, including 177 yards through the air on 15 of 20 passing and two touchdowns. Those scoring strikes went to Davis Carrandi and DJ Curl.

The ELCA defense did its part, holding Savannah to less than 100 yards of offense and forcing two turnovers, including an interception by Curl. The Chargers advanced despite the absence of All State linebacker/running back Keyante Green.

ELCA enters Friday’s game averaging 42 points while only having allowed 21 points total through two rounds of postseason play. George Walton has been equally dominant, having only given up 19.

The winner will play the winner of the other semifinal pitting Landmark Christian against Prince Avenue in the Dec. 14 state title game.

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

Stockbridge’s season over

Stockbridge’s breakthrough 2012 season came to an end at the hands of Marist, 15-7, last week.

The Tigers, disappointed as they might be now, are set up for a bright near-future and possibly beyond.

Nine starters on defense will be back next year, including junior middle linebacker Cameron Gordon and stalwart defensive ends, junior Timarcus Cullins and sophomore Titus Davis. Safety Javon Brandon, a junior, will also be back to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks and receivers.

The Tigers figure to have six offensive starters return for more gridiron glory in 2013 as well. A talented group of underclassmen back-ups, including freshman quarterback/running back/special teams standout Malachi Brown, also figures to make more noise.

“We’re a young program — we’re very excited about where we’re going,” said Stockbridge coach Kevin Whitley.

As is the nature of prep sports, Whitley also faces the bittersweet task of parting ways with a senior class featuring the likes of safety Corey Hall.

“We came here together — when they were ninth graders,” said Whitley. “When they arrived, Stockbridge wasn’t the place to be … our school had never been to the playoffs. We changed that.”
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