ELCA 27, George Walton 14

Two early special teams scores held up as Eagle’s Landing Christian advanced to the Class A private-school finals with a 27-14 victory against visiting George Walton Academy Friday night at Commitment Field in McDonough.

Defensive back Jevious Terry was responsible for both scores, first returning the opening kickoff 90 yards to put ELCA ahead  just seconds into the game. He took in the kickoff along the left sideline and reversed field before being escorted up the right sideline into the end zone.

Later in the first quarter, Terry blocked a field-goal attempt at the 20, then recovered it and sprinted 80 yards for a score, giving ELCA a 13-0 lead. After an interception return by D.J. Curl to George Walton 17, the Chargers went ahead 20-0 behind a 5-yard run from Lane Timpson.

“That’s something we work on all the time,” ELCA head coach Jonathan Gess said. “We spend a whole lot of time on it, and it was the difference.”

George Walton closed the gap in the second quarter with a 64-yard scoring drive that included a fourth-down conversion from punter Nick Waters. He gained 12 yards on 4th-and-11, and five plays later quarterback Hunter Rice converted a second fourth down when he found tight end Geno Bailey for a 21-yard touchdown pass.

Demetrios Mason intercepted ELCA quarterback Dalton Etheridge on the ensuing possession, and Rice ended a five-play, 38-yard drive with a quarterback sneak. Georgia commitment Stanley Williams (135 yards on 24 carries) broke free for a 32-yard run during the drive, and Rice scored on second-and-goal.

ELCA took a 27-14 lead in the third quarter when Dalton Etheridge scored on a 4-yard run, completing a 71-yard drive. Keyante Green, a Purdue commitment battling a sprained ankle, added a 37-yard run during the drive to set up the score. Green finished with 78 rushing yards on 12 carries after a single touch in the first half.

“Keyonte came up to me and said give me the ball,” Gess said. “And he took over in the second half.”

The Chargers (12-1) won their 12th consecutive game and will attempt to bring home the first Georgia High School Association title to Henry County next Friday. ELCA won titles previously as a member of the Georgia Independent School Association. George Walton finished the season 9-4.

GWA – 0 – 14 – 0 – 0 – 14
ELCA – 20 – 0 – 7 – 0 – 27

ELCA – Jevious Terry 90 kick ret (kick failed)
ELCA – Terry 80 FG blk ret (Cole Dellinger kick)
ELCA – Casey Shubert 5 run (Dellinger kick)
GWA – Hunter Rice 21 pass to Geno Bailey (Cole Fisher kick)
GWA – Rice 1 run (Fisher kick)
ELCA – Dalton Etheridge 4 run (Dellinger kick)

44 comments Add your comment

ELCA FAN

December 7th, 2012
11:12 pm

This game should have been at the dome. George walton played a great game.

Football Fan

December 8th, 2012
12:21 am

GWA played hard but had far too many mistakes to beat a team of ELCA’s caliber. Giving up 2 special teams touchdowns was simply too much to overcome in that game. GW defense played well and I would bet that this was the toughest single A opponent ELCA has faced this year.

IMO Prince does not match up well at all with ELCA and might get beat by a lot. I think the best 2 single A private teams went at it tonight. Goodluck in the finals.

Zone3canE

December 8th, 2012
1:10 am

Jevius **THE STREAK** Terry!!

Swamp Lizard

December 8th, 2012
8:28 am

@ Football Fan … You hit every nail on the head. My hats off to George Walton. They played a great game. To the seniors at GW, hold your head high, you fought a great battle !!

gh2o

December 8th, 2012
12:50 pm

@Swamp Lizard, there was a 17 point swing in special teams play. If it hadn’t been for special teams, GWA would have won the game. Not to disrespect your program, but we dominated the game on both sides of the ball. Of course, “should have won” doesn’t mean squat and props to your team for finding a way to win the battle. But the score really doesn’t indicate what happened on the field of play.

On another note, my son did say that your Purdue commit at RB was a class act, as was the Griffin kid. I’m sure a lot of the other kids were, as well. I was, however really disappointed with the number of blatantly late, away from the ball cheap shots and trash talk from ELCA players. It started the first play of the game and continued throughout. If it were just a “shove” here and there, it would be one thing. However, that was possibly the dirtiest game I’ve seen from a class A team. I hope that wasn’t indicative of the way they’ve played all season long. If so, you should seriously consider, as a parent, talking to the head coach and administration about how your school represents itself on the field. Again, it wasn’t all players. But those cheap shots are what cause serious injuries. The trash talk, unfortunately, has just become part of the game with some kids…. I will follow by saying I know a couple of parents at ELCA and their kids, who would NEVER participate in such.

Swamp Lizard

December 8th, 2012
1:13 pm

@ gh2o … I wouldn’t say we would have lost the game … your big guys were going both ways and I think that made a hugh difference in the 3rd & 4th qtrs. GW played a great game … just let it go at that.

arubadave

December 8th, 2012
2:15 pm

@gh2o I guess you just did not “see” all the dirty hits by GWA, we sure did from the other side. The officials were looking straight at them, but for some reason did not call them. As for trash talk, before the game during warm-ups, I heard some of the foulest language I’ve ever heard from some of your players.

gh2o

December 8th, 2012
3:52 pm

@arubadave: I was standing down by the field during warmups. I’m not sure exactly what you heard. And that’s funny about the late hits, away from the ball. I just watched the tape. Your kids were as dirty as I’ve seen. Again, not all of them. But there are certainly some select players that your coaches obviously have no desire in contolling. That’s too bad, because it reflects on the entire program. I would be livid if I saw that from our players.

@swamplizard; Even if you listen to your own commentators on GHSA.tv, they talked about being outplayed the entire game. The statistics tell the story. Take away the 2 special teams plays and it’s a totally different outcome. I don’t see how anyone would come to a different conclusion that that.

arubadave

December 8th, 2012
4:00 pm

@gh2o You keep talking “2 plays”. How about GW not making 12 yards on a 4th and 11 fake punt, or an errant pass for an interception that set up both of GW’s TDs? Take those away and it’s a blow out. This is why it’s a 48 minute game. You can “what if” all you want, the conclusion does not change. And is ELCA a perfect team? No, and neither is GW. Quit complaining and accept the fact the final score was 27-14 ELCA.

gh2o

December 8th, 2012
4:14 pm

@aruba: I didn’t complain about the outcome of the game, aruba. I merely stated the facts. Look at the stats. I think you will see domination in every stat except on the special teams. That’s all I’m saying.

gh2o

December 8th, 2012
4:18 pm

By the way, even your commentators made similar statements about the domination of the game.

Zone3canE

December 8th, 2012
4:49 pm

@gh2o: Fact?, conclusions= Chargers 27, Jevius Terry lowered the BOOM on Stanley Williams 14, PERIOD, THE END….OF YOUR SEASON. See ya in the Dome! Ooops! My bad!

gh2o

December 8th, 2012
5:45 pm

@zone, you must be one of the parents of one of those wonderful trash talking late hitting thugs on ELCA. You should really be proud. Jevius had all of the class in the world…makes a big hit on Williams, twists his helmet around as they are getting up, and then trash talks. I’d rather my kid lose with class than see him act like a thug.

thatsfunny

December 8th, 2012
5:48 pm

gh20 you have got to be kidding. The entire game during the Walker game last week your kids and parents were doing nothing but taunting after every play. The team is (check that………..was) good, but the attitudes of the parents and kids were NOT. Oh well, looks like you will have to wait ’till next year…………again!

Football Fan

December 8th, 2012
5:52 pm

@Zone3canE : I expect/hope that you are a student and that is very mature. I’m sure your coaches or parents are very proud of you.

Anybody that isn’t a complete moron can see that this was a great ballgame that could have gone either way. A lot of “what ifs” can be thrown out by either team.
For ELCA:
What if:
QB doesn’t throw 2 interceptions
GW doesnt convert on fake punt

For GWA
What if:
Opening kickoff wasn’t returned for a TD
You don’t fumble on 4th and 2 from the 20 in the first qtr after putting together a drive
You don’t give up a blocked FG return for a td after a long drive
You don’t throw a pick returned to the 20 for a short field.
You don’t spot ELCA a 20-0 lead having their offense only go 20 yards total to that point
You don’t throw 3 interceptions

This game could have been way different in either directions if some of these things didn’t happen. The game was chippy on the field but what can you expect in a semi-final game between two very good teams. The players from both sides have a lot of respect for each other as they shared after the game.

Innocent Bystander

December 8th, 2012
5:53 pm

@ gh2oh-no-we-lost…………..You know it never fails. ELCA beats somebody and the woulda-shoulda-couldas come out all over the place ! I would really love to know what your idea domination is. The way I see it, G.W scored it’s 1st T.D after resorting to a fake punt then had to go for it on 4th down to get it in. You say if not for special teams plays………well Lombardi, special teams are a significant part of football. Maybe you guys should work on them a little. I’d like to see the final stat sheet for the game and I can guarantee you one thing. Nobody will misconstrue the stats as to say G.W dominated anything. Nobody, that is, but a retard like you. You don’t lose by 13 when you DOMINATE both sides of the ball. I’d say G.W hung in there at best. We sure did our part to help you too. Ethridge, the best QB in the state, had an off night, and you still couldn’t handle us. As for the dirty shots, I’m sure you had your G.W glasses on while watching the game and the film after, cause there were plenty of late hits and illegal blocks coming from G.W. And by the way, WHAT DID BOOM DO ??????? HE SURE DIDNT GET HIS 200 + YDS YOU’RE SO USED TO !!!!!!! Quit crying and start working on next year, especially special teams. We’re working on NEXT WEEK !

Innocent Bystander

December 8th, 2012
6:02 pm

@gh2oh………….you know who says “I’d rather see my kid lose” ??? PEOPLE WHO’S KID JUST LOST ! I’d rather be hit in the face with a shovel than to hear you’re crying and bad mouthing, especially when your team was late hitting and cheap shotting ALL NIGHT ! TAKE YOUR LOSS LIKE A MAN, EVEN THOUGH YOU OBVIOUSLY NOT, AND QUIT CRYING !!! IT’S DISGUSTING !!!!

Dell Tolson

December 8th, 2012
6:13 pm

How many professional teams have won games because of their special teams ? It is called team work and playing to win. Bottom line is ELCA Chargers played hard and won.

LoveFridayFootball

December 8th, 2012
9:33 pm

@gh20… You said “you’d rather see your kid lose with class”… Why don’t you practice that!!! You just called some ELCA kids “thugs”. Yeah, that’s real class…
You also said y’all totally dominated both sides of the ball.. First half ELCA 20-14..second half ELCA 7-0.. Hmm, what did you dominate again??? You scored pts in one qtr..ONE! I think GWA coaches did a great job, they just ran across a better team… Period!
Btw… Our leading rusher for the year didn’t have one carry in the first half…hmmmm.

you got to be kidding

December 8th, 2012
9:39 pm

@gh2oh You want to quote stats…..ELCA 27…GW 14. That is the only one that counts. I can see why at the Walker game they had “police tape” up for the GW fans like you. When one of your GW players got called for a cheap chop block…..I believe..it might have been you that shouted that the Walker player should be embarrased by being taking out of the play…..classy act…maybe the players get their actions from the parents.

next year

December 8th, 2012
9:46 pm

@gh2oh On behalf of most of the indivduals in this blog, we hope your son is a senior and we will not have to put up with your distorted views of high school football next year and your lame excuses why your team got beat by a better team. PERIOD>

Glennis Curry

December 9th, 2012
1:40 am

Interesting debate. I watched the game too, and it would be tough to agree with the observation that George Walton dominated. It may have seemed so because the offense possessed the ball so heavily in the first half, but that is due to two ELCA special teams scores and a short field for a third touchdown. ELCA never trailed and the defense forced several GWA turnovers on downs and intercepted the QB three times. Pretty telling. Playing from behind all night probably affected the GWA game plan, but that is sports. Also, it’s easy to write off special teams as a legitimate phase of the game, but it showed to be the difference in this one.

Innocent Bystander

December 9th, 2012
6:51 am

I think everyone agrees, gh2o knows absolutely nothing about anything ! Low Class on top of that ! I sure hope @Next Year is right about not having to hear this idiot anymore after ELCA BEAT THEM IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY, ESPECIALLY THE ONE THAT COUNTS. THE SCOREBOARD !

arubadave

December 9th, 2012
9:29 am

The claims are GW dominated in statistics. It’s easy to do when your opponent’s first 3 possessions consist of 4 offensive plays and 14 yards. Of course those 3 possessions included a kickoff return for a TD, a blocked field goal attempt by GW returned for a TD, and an offensive drive starting at GW’s 14 that resulted in a TD, thanks to a nice interception return.. The result of all this is a 20-0 lead by ELCA.

Prince

December 9th, 2012
9:33 am

@ Innocent Bystander Iam the one that asked you earlier this week, if you were a Father of of one ofthe ELCA boys? The reason I asked the question , is I knew that GW would hear a lot of trash talking , if a father was on here pounding his chest the way you were! Lets see, you were onhere saying that ELCA would beat GW by 4 or 5 TD”s. Well that didn”t happen and now you are back on here calling people idoits and losers. Boy, I bet the ELCA nation is proud to be repsented by someone like you!!! I little advise for you , learn from Swamp Lizard how to conduct yourself on a grown up discussion forum.

ELCA football team is one of the most talented teams, that I have seen !!! The game Friday night was a very exciting game and I would like to congratulate both teams for a great hard fought game!! I wish ELCA the best of luck this week . I would also like to thank Swamp Lizard for his great insight through out this year and for being such a good fan of High School Fotball

I would also like to thank STC for the great work this year!!!!

LoveFridayFootball

December 9th, 2012
9:50 am

@prince…. it’s ok to call ELCA players “thugs”.. Guess you overlooked that one huh? It’s one thing to talk smack about the score or what it’s going to be. BUT! To call a kid BY NAME and call those kids “thugs”… Well, put me on the list right beside @innocentbystander because gh2oh is an IDIOT!!!

Innocent Bystander

December 9th, 2012
10:21 am

@ Prince……This isn’t Facebook. I didn’t get on here to be your friend and frankly couldn’t care less what you think. I said ELCA would win by a lot & they didn’t, but bottom line is, they won ! I like to spark a few firey debates here & there, but if you’re going to point fingers, maybe you should read some of gh2o’s posts. I’ll call you an idiot all day, but gh2o is calling out teenagers and thats O.K with you ??? What’s grown up about that ??? Another post said one of ELCA’s players was going to do time because of his attitude and called him by his #. That’s O.K with you ??? I don’t have to pound my chest. I’m a dad that gets fired up about these games & gets sick of hearing jerks like you and gh2o. Basically, you’ve put yourself at the same low class level as gh2o by being sore losers. I haven’t seen one post from an ELCA guy saying ELCA DOMINATED G.W or anything negative about your team, but you G.W fans have talked nothing but trash about ELCA. Again, your a real Prince of a guy.

gh2o

December 9th, 2012
6:12 pm

As I’m sure all of you knw, I stated several times that the late, dirty hits (three were called and many more occurred) had nothing to do with the loss. I said your player acted like a thug and I will stick with it. Even your own commentator called him out on it and he was too far away to see what really happened…went way beyond taunting. Sorry if you don’t agree. I’m sorry if my “warped idea off football” is that there should be sportsmanship in sports. Clearly, from what I’m reading, ,many at ELCA don’t. Ourvplayers

gh2o

December 9th, 2012
6:22 pm

I have already, on several occasions, congratulated the ELCA team and wish them well. And I meant it. I also hope the coaches take the necessary steps to clean up their program. Its a shame they allow those types of things to happen. Oh, and I was there…nobody yelled to get any injured kid off the field. That’s pure crap.

gh2o

December 9th, 2012
6:30 pm

And the exact quote was i would rather have my kid lose than act like a thug”. I didn’t call anyone a thug. Maybe reading comprehension is a problem, but there’s a distinct difference. And in TWELVE other games this year, NO other team had THREE late hits called and hit players TWENTY yards behind the ball as I saw on Friday night. Period. Again, this has nothing to do with the outcome of the game. It has to do with sportsmanship and player safety.

gh2o

December 9th, 2012
6:38 pm

The kids I DID call out by name were the ones my son said were a class act on the field. Sorry you guys got pissy about someone saying gwa dominated the game. Listen to your own commentators. And watch the game film. You will hear the words “dominated” and “gashed”. Yes, GWA lost the game and I didnt realize you guys would be so offended if i talked about the way the game was played. Next time I will simply repost the score for those who didn’t watch the game, and move on.

LoveFridayFootball

December 9th, 2012
8:24 pm

Actually you did call a kid by name then refer to him acting like a thug… Dude, you come on here and say crap like that and it’s not cool at all!!! Btw, those three flags you were talking about… One was on our off linemen for blocking to far down field infront of the play. WHILE the play was going on. That’s what the ref told him and that’s what he told the HC. That he needs to look back and see if the runner is behind him. So get your facts straight about late hits because that wasn’t late and a flag should have NEVER been thrown. It wasn’t late and he was blocking to the whistle…

gh2o

December 9th, 2012
8:38 pm

Actually, that’s NOT the case, Love. He hit a kid away from the play, AFTER the whistle…a safety about half his size. Look at the film. There’s no such thing as “blocking too far down field in front of the play”. Maybe you need to learn a little something about football. Again, find a way to defend it, but there were THREE late hit, personal fouls in the game. There’s no way to argue that fact. And there were several not called. It was, as I stated before, the dirtiest game I’ve seen in single A football. There’s no defending it. Instead of trying to defend it, you should really be talking to your coaches about their ability to control their players. But it’s obvious you don’t mind having them act that way.

LoveFridayFootball

December 9th, 2012
9:14 pm

Ha! You’re one to question ones football knowledge. Good luck Friday night on the hard court, we’ll be busy playing for a state championship!

Swamp Lizard

December 10th, 2012
7:43 am

@ Prince …. thanks for the nice comments. Things get heated on here sometimes. We all just need to know that ALL these kids and coaches have poured their hearts into this to make it this far.

Innocent Bystander

December 10th, 2012
9:30 am

@ LoveFridayFootball…….Amen !

Innocent Bystander

December 10th, 2012
9:38 am

@gh2o……….,This is your EXACT post I copied & pasted…….” you must be one of the parents of one of those wonderful trash talking late hitting thugs on ELCA. You should really be proud. Jevius had all of the class in the world…makes a big hit on Williams, twists his helmet around as they are getting up, and then trash talks. I’d rather my kid lose with class than see him act like a thug.” How is that not calling a kid by name or calling him a thug ??? Theres no wiggle room there, so don’t question anyone’s comprehension skills. I would love to visit the world you live in where scoreboards don’t count, you never lead a game and lose by 13 yet DOMINATED it, and calling a KID a THUG is O.K. I know if it were my kid you called a thug we’d be doing more than typing. You’ve really painted G.W fans in a wonderful light with your absurd views on pretty much everything. You know, there are 2 things every guy thinks he can do. That’s coach football and cook a steak. Judging from you obvious lack of football knowledge, I’d bet your steaks really suck !

Innocent Bystander

December 10th, 2012
10:37 am

@ gh2o……..who calls a guy, Love, on a football post site ?

GAHSFBFAN24

December 10th, 2012
10:42 am

@gh2o, There were personal fouls on both sides. You seem to only be pointing out ELCA’s. if you want to see some of the late hits that GWA had, take a look at the game video here :

http://www.playonsports.com/channels/elca-mcdonough-georgia/events/47185

Personal foul #1 on GWA; Go to the 00:50:42 mark on the video and watch what the GWA running back does to ELCA’s #45 after the interception … right in front of the official. That was obviously a personal foul on GWA that was not called.

Personal found #2 on GWA not called: Got to the 2:00:15 mark and watch at GWA player push an ELCA player after the play. The entire home stands saw it but evidently the officials did not. That should have been a personal foul that wasn’t call.

These are 2 that I found in less than a minute of looking. I’m sure there are more. Who knows what was said to whom to initiate some of this stuff. It was an intense game that was played hard by both teams.

Fans, let’s not get on here and call each other names. Let’s all be classy and support our teams and players.

My team is the ELCA Chargers and I’m proud of what we have accomplished this year. Sometimes kids (and adults) in the heat of the battle do not always make the best decisions. GWA has a great team (and marching band) and their fans should be proud as well. I am looking forward to this Friday when we play PACS which I have always considered a class program. We will be in for a great game.

gh2o

December 10th, 2012
11:27 am

Innocent, if you want to meet me and say anything to my face, you’re more than welcome. If you kids was one that made one of the many hits away from the ball, he acted like a thug. There it is. Bring more than your cooking skills if you’re going to threaten me.

gh2o

December 10th, 2012
11:33 am

GAHS, I watched the film multiple times. Pushing a kid who kicks a kid on the ground is not the same as hitting a kid after the whistle, 30 yards away from the play. Yes, I’m sure, in your eyes, your kids were angels. I don’t know if this was a single game situation, but it was uncalled for. Period. That’s not part of football, at any level. Kids get hurt like that.

Again, I will state that this had NOTHING to do with the outcome of the game (regardless of how many times others want to put those words into my comments). ELCA won the game and deserves to move on. I wish the kids all the luck in the world. And I hope the coaches talk to them this week about the way they carry themselves on the field. If not, other teams will start to take cheap shots on them. And it’s amazing how thugs (the select few players) cry when the shoe is on the other foot.

LoveFridayFootball

December 10th, 2012
12:11 pm

Real class there….

Innocent Bystander

December 10th, 2012
12:13 pm

@ gh2o……….Thanks “Love”, but that wouldn’t bode well for you. At least we all can all all see that you’ve been working on your “Sportsmanship”. Keep em coming and we’ll all keep laughing at your expense.

GAHSFBFAN24

December 10th, 2012
2:28 pm

@gh2o, now you’re just being childish. You want to “meet” people face to face and you can’t seem to see facts as facts.

From what I can tell from talking to the players and reading their Twitter posts between them, they all respect each other and wish each other well. It’s the parents who can’t get along. Luckily the game was decided on the field and things did not get out of hand. Neither team was innocent and both teams can work on their sportsmanship.