A second-round upset victory was not in the cards for the Athens Academy football team.
The Spartans traveled to Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy last Friday for a matchup in the second round of the Class A-Private state playoffs. They fell to ELCA, losing 56-7.
ELCA got the scoring started early. The Chargers scored on a 15-yard run with 10:34 left in the first quarter. That gave them a 7-0 edge less than two minutes into the game.
Less than two minutes later, ELCA scored again. The Chargers got a 63-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0 with 8:05 remaining in the first quarter.
The Chargers’ passing attack picked up on their next possession. ELCA scored on a 53-yard pass completion, moving ahead 21-0 with 4:30 to go in the opening period.
The Spartans got on the board soon thereafter.
Jamari Welch notched a lengthy kick return on the Chargers’ kickoff. On the ensuing drive, Wally Terrell scored on an 8-yard run to cut the lead down to 21-7 with 4:11 left in the first quarter.
Unfortunately for Athens Academy, the Chargers notched a 21-yard scoring run a couple of minutes later. They took a 28-7 lead into the second quarter.
ELCA continued throwing the ball well during the second. The Chargers scored on a 35-yard pass completion at the 10:16 mark, improving their lead to 35-7.
They came back on their next possession with an 11-yard pass, moving further ahead to take a 42-7 lead with 7:50 remaining in the half.
ELCA put the finishing touches on its first-half effort with 2:25 left before intermission. The Chargers scored on a 7-yard pass to make it a 49-7 game.
The final score of the game happened with 7:45 left in the third quarter. ELCA scored on a 31-yard rush to make it 56-7 and dash the Spartans’ playoff appearance.
Athens Academy finished the season with an 8-4 overall record. The Spartans went 4-1 during its Region 8-A-Private slate.
Among the highlights for this season were victories against Charlotte Country Day School – a game held near Charlotte, North Carolina – a 70-point outing against Providence Christian Academy and a four-game winning streak across the final three region games and the first-round playoff game against Mount Pisgah Christian.