So far this season, the Chargers have dominated their first three opponents, surrendering just 13 points while scoring a total of 125.
“The defense is playing really well but we’ve only played three games,” ELCA coach Jonathan Gess said. “The focus is just correcting the mistakes each week, continuing to get better and focusing on the fundamentals each week but not really thinking about being 3-0.”
However, the Chargers are preparing for the Golden Bears and their mobile quarterback.
“We started focusing on Holy Innocents on Thursday,” Gess said. “They run the option. It’s the first time we will see the option this year and it always presents challenges.”
Although last season, ELCA didn’t appear to have many issues in a 42-3 rout of Holy Innocents.
“We’ve been playing them for a long time,” Gess said. “They have the same defensive coordinator so we kind of know what we are going to see. It’s just about executing against them. They are going to play hard. They’re a physical team.”
This will be the Chargers fifth meeting against the Golden Bears (2-2), who lost to George Walton 35-14 before their bye last week.
On Sept. 13, ELCA defeated Hapeville Charter 68-6.
“The most impressive thing about our defense this year is how they are swarming to the ball, making plays and being physical,” Gess said.
Interestingly after this contest, the Chargers will also have the following Friday off before returning to Region 5-A action at Mount Vernon Presbyterian on Oct. 11.
“This is good because if you are going to make a long playoff run, you got 10 weeks of football, a bye week, a game then a bye week, and then nine weeks of football left,” Gess said.