Against Prince Avenue Christian in December, Etheridge completed 7-of-8 passes for 107 yards and ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the Chargers’ 33-0 victory for the Private Class A title.
“I’m proud of the way our team played,” ELCA football coach Jonathan Gess said. “These guys deserve this.”
The dual-threat quarterback has earned the interest of Auburn University, Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.
Then in the spring, Etheridge excelled on the mound, compiling a record of 12-0 with a 1.49 ERA and 92 strikeouts en route to helping the Chargers sweep Mt. Paran Christian for the Private Class A crown.
His biggest imprint on the series was in Game 1 when he struck out 10 batters against one run and five hits in the 5-1 outcome.
“These guys did not have a bad day throughout the playoffs at all,” ELCA coach Doug Campbell said. “They came to play all the time.”
The football team earned a 13-1 record and the baseball team had a 30-3 mark.