This Saturday, ELCA will try to make it four in a row when it visits Holy Innocents in a Region 5-A matchup.
After a five-point loss to Washington County in their opener, the Chargers convincingly defeated their last three opponents.
“We’re pretty excited to wrap up the non-region schedule with 3-1 record,” ELCA football coach Jonathan Gess said. “We feel really good about the first games of the football season. We wish we could’ve beaten Washington County but we came up a little bit short.”
To bounce back, ELCA beat Briarwood Christian (AL) 32-7, Clinch County by a score of 47-20, and most recently Hapeville Charter 56-14 on Sept. 14.
“We played the way we expect to play and got better and hopefully we carry that over into our next game,” Gess said.
Dalton Eldridge passed for four touchdowns and ran for three more and Brad Moore and Chase Burdette each had an interception for the Chargers, who led 42-0 at the half.
“Our quarterback is phenomenal and if he’s not the best quarterback in Class A, he is one of them,” said Gess of the junior Eldridge.
Coming off a bye week, ELCA hopes to win its second straight meeting against Holy Innocents, which led much of last year’s contest before losing 21-17.
“What you get when you play Holy Innocents is an extremely well-coached football team and very hard-nosed kids,” Gess said. “They are a threat to win any game it doesn’t matter what their record is.”
The Golden Bears, who also had a bye last week, are 2-2 but have loss two straight games, following a 45-14 setback to George Walton Academy on Sept. 14.
“We know it’s going to be a battle,” Gess said. “We know they are one of the better teams in the region this year because they always are. If we want to win another region championship, I know we got to beat Holy Innocents.”