No. 1 vs. No. 2 … Again
Having taken care of business on Friday night, now Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy and Landmark Christian can talk about facing each other.
ELCA bounced Mt. Vernon Presbyterian, 49-7, while Landmark edged downed Holy Innocents’, 22-14, setting up the second matchup of No. 1 vs. No. 2 this season, as top-ranked Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (9-0, 6-0 in Region 5) will travel to downtown Fairburn to face its old rival, No. 2 Landmark Christian (9-0, 6-0 in Region 5), next week.
ELCA-Landmark for the Region 5 title is nothing new. In fact, since 2002 a team other than ELCA or Landmark has won the region just twice – Whitefield Academy in 2008 and Holy Innocents’ in 2009. Landmark wore the crown six consecutive seasons, from 2002 to 2007. Now ELCA has a six-year region title winning streak dating back to 2010.
But this will be the first time the two have met while both are ranked in the top two of the Atlanta Journal Constitution/Georgia High School Football Daily Top 10 poll. ELCA has already been down this road this season. The Chargers, defeated then-No. 2 Wesleyan, 34-31, at Wesleyan, back on Sept. 30.
C ommerce serves notice
A month ago, Commerce, ranked No. 9 (Public) was 3-2 after dropping two in a row by a touchdown. Since then the Tigers are 4-0 and have outscored their opponents 199-50. Friday’s victim was previously undefeated No. 7 (Private) Athens Academy, 42-30.
Commerce jumped out to a 14-3 halftime lead and then outslugged the Spartans down the stretch, according to the Athens Banner Herald. The win for the Tigers should boost their ranking in the Georgia High Schools Association/MaxPreps Class A Power Ratings. Last week they were No. 16 in the public school ratings.
As for Athens Academy, No. 6 in the private school power ratings, things don’t get any easier. The Spartans close out the regular season with a visit to Bogart to take on undefeated Prince Avenue Christian, No. 1 in the private school power ratings.
Tattnall Square still unbeaten
Ahmad Barron’s 40-yard touchdown run with a little more than three minutes left in regulation, lifted the Trojans to a 7-3 win over Stratford Academy in a battle of Macon-area private schools. The win kept Tattnall Square (9-0, 5-0 in Region 7-Division A), ranked No. 8 (private) undefeated heading into next week’s region championship game against Washington-Wilkes, the winner of sub region B.
In other games:
Mt. Paran Christian 38, Mt. Pisgah Christian 26
Aquinas 34, Lincoln County 30
Clinch County 38, Charlton County 10
(Saturday) No. 7 (Public) McIntosh County Academy (6) at No. 5 Calvary Day (10)