Before last week, both teams were perfect until the War Eagles failed to live up to their end of the bargain due to a 29-28 shortcoming to Holy Innocents’ last Friday.
Stockton McGuire passed for 183 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 113 yards and a score but he missed a 52-yard field goal as time expired. Sam Dobbs caught 10 passes for 111 yards and a TD.
However, the Chargers held on to their No. 1 ranking in Class A (Private) with a 40-2 win against Pace Academy almost a week ago.
Last season, ELCA rolled to a 43-0 win over Landmark, tying the all-time series at 5-5. If the Chargers come away victorious, this will be their fourth straight region championship and they will also have a rare 9-0 regular season record due to their cancelled contest (inclement weather) against Washington County to start the season.
While ELCA has already secured a spot in the postseason, six other teams in the area are hoping to secure bids Friday.
In Class AAAAA, Ola (2-7) will have to defeat 9-0 Creekside in Fairburn and Union Grove (6-3) will have to avoid a sixth straight loss to Whitewater.
In Class AAAA, Stockbridge hosts Upson-Lee, which the Tigers defeated 15-8 earlier this season. Eagle’s Landing will host Riverdale, which the Golden Eagles beat 31-10 in September, and Locust Grove will face Jonesboro in Clayton County.
This will be the first encounter between the Wildcats and Cardinals.
Woodland will have the toughest hill to climb during its trip to Griffin. The Wolfpack lost to the unbeaten Bears 34-7 in September.