But in order to so, the No. 1 ranked and 11-0 Chargers will have to make their way past Calvary Day (10-2) at Commitment Field in the semifinals.
“Calvary Day is very well coached on offense,” ELCA defensive coordinator Zach Davis said. “Second of all they have a good quarterback, running back and a very good tight end who is going to Clemson. We want to take away the easy stuff. Make them beat us with things they don’t want to do.”
So far, senior quarterback Michael Peterson has completed nearly 70 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,719 yards and 36 touchdowns against three interceptions.
Junior running back Robert Heyward has rushed for 1,164 yards and eight touchdowns, and senior Derek Kirkland has sprinted into the end zone 13 times. He also leads the team with nine receiving TDs.
“They want to throw it around but they can run it too,” Davis said. “Their running back [Heyward] is a very good football player. They have a good offensive line. I think they want to go fast. They will be trying to snap the football as soon as the chains are set when they get first downs.”
Senior tight end Milan Richard, who is 6-foot-2, has four touchdown catches for the Cavaliers, who are averaging 42 points during their 10-game winning streak.
While the Cavaliers eliminated Prince Avenue Christian last week, ELCA defeated Darlington 24-10 without Dalton Etheridge, who will miss the rest of the postseason due to a leg injury.
“Our guys play with great love for one another and we are truly a team — a family,” Davis said. “When he went down everybody had to pick up a little more of the load and that is what happened. It’s a team effort here and we got to keep having that kind of effort for this week.”
Sophomore Jordan Long had a TD pass in his first varsity start and Lane Timpson rushed for two touchdowns in the win.