Prince Avenue Christian is the only thing standing in the Chargers’ way.
The two squads will meet up at the Georgia Dome on Friday to settle the matter.
Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
How they got here
ELCA topped George Walton Academy 27-14 in last week’s semifinal, jumping out to a big lead orchestrated by Jevious Terry.
After returning the opening kickoff 90 yards for a score, Terry struck again later in the first quarter. He blocked a George Walton field gold attempt, recovered it and raced 80 yards to pay dirt.
A DJ Curl interception return set up Lane Timpson’s five-yard touchdown run that essentially put the game away. Quarterback Dalton Etheridge added a touchdown run and blue chip running back Keyante Green dished out 78 yards on 12 carries, most of it coming in the second half, to finish off the visitors.
The Chargers (12-1) have not lost since losing a big lead to Class 3-A playoff team Washington County in the season opener.
Meanwhile, Prince Avenue (11-2) was busy dispatching Landmark Christian in the other semifinal, 32-22.
Tale of the Tape
As has been the case all postseason, ELCA is the favorite entering Friday’s championship tilt.
The Wolverines will be hard pressed to slow down Green and the Chargers’ stable of playmakers — in all three phases of the game — for four quarters. It’s also a reasonable assumption that Terry could pull off an encore of his jaw-dropping night in the semifinal.
Prince Avenue boasts its own lineup of difference makers, though. Quarterback Zach Graham is athletic enough to seemingly make plays materialize out of thin air. Wingback Carl Mattox is similarly talented.
Look for the Wolverines to hang tough and give ELCA all it can handle for the duration of the first half.
The Chargers will pull away in a decisive third quarter, perhaps scoring — or setting up scores — with big plays in each phase of the game.
ELCA won two titles as a member of the Georgia Independent School Association. It will live up to its billing as the favorite, outlasting the feisty Wolverines for its first GHSA private school Class A crown.
Final Score: ELCA 35 Prince Avenue 13.