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ELCA barely misses return trip to Georgia Dome
by Maurice Dixon
December 11, 2013 01:00 PM | 1183 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye<br>ELCA senior Andrew Williams and the Chargers lost to Calvary Day in the Class A private-school semifinals last week.
Staff / Katherine Frye
ELCA senior Andrew Williams and the Chargers lost to Calvary Day in the Class A private-school semifinals last week.
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After weeks of teams fighting for their playoff lives, there are finally 14 programs remaining and the seven victors will be champions this weekend in their respective GHSA classifications.

Last week, the Eagle’s Landing Christian Chargers were yards away from returning to the Class A private-school championship game but Austin Byrd stopped quarterback Jordan Long from scoring the decisive two-point conversion in a 35-34 overtime victory for Calvary Day.

Long had two rushing touchdowns and Lane Timpson ran for a score to erase a 21-point deficit. Long also threw TD passes to Davis Carrandi and Cameron Stewart.

As a result, there will not be any championship trophies coming back to Henry County this year since ELCA, which had its 24-game winning streak ended, was the last team in the mix.

Stockbridge was the team with the closest amount of success. The Tigers cruised past Westside-Macon and Westover in the first two rounds, respectively, before falling 24-14 to Carrollton in the Class AAAA quarterfinals.

As far as Carrollton (13-1), the Trojans will do battle with the Griffin Bears (14-0) this Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

The rest of the Henry County teams that made the playoffs all had their seasons ended in the first round. Eagle’s Landing was edged by Mary Persons and Locust Grove fell to Veterans. In Class AAAAAA, Luella was dominated by North Cobb, and three classifications down, Henry County met a similar fate against Callaway.

In the Class A private-school final, Calvary Day (11-2) will face Aquinas (13-0) on Friday afternoon. In the public final Saturday morning, Charlton County (9-4) will meet Marion County (12-1).

In the Class AA title game, Lamar County (14-0) and Lovett (13-1) square off for the crown Saturday afternoon.

In the Class AAA final, Buford (14-0) will face Washington County (13-0) on Friday afternoon. Then that evening, Tucker (14-0) will meet Creekside (14-0).

On Saturday evening, the final champion in the state will be crowned when Norcross (12-2) battles North Gwinnett (13-1) in the Class AAAAAA championship.

Norcross and Buford will be the only teams trying to repeat as champions.

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