Calvary Day 35, Eagle’s Landing Christian 34 (OT)

On a night where seniors showed up big, a sophomore made the play of the game at the end.

Calvary Day’s Austin Byrd came crashing through an Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy offensive line that had been the driving force behind a 21-point comeback, and stopped a two-point conversion run by ELCA quarterback Jordan Long in overtime to preserve a hard-fought 35-34 win for the Cavaliers and send them to their first championship game in school history.

Calvary Day (11-2), located in Savannah, had taken the lead on the opening overtime possession on a 1-yard run by junior Robert Heyward, which came after a 14-yard completion from senior quarterback Michael Peterson to senior Jordan Walker.

ELCA (11-1), the defending Class A private school champion, scored on its overtime possession when Long rolled to his right, scanned the field and threw to Cameron Stewart in the back of the end zone. Chargers head coach Jonathan Gess elected to go for the win, but Byrd knifed through and snuffed out Long’s attempt to find a seam up the middle on a quarterback keeper.

The win is the 11th in a row for the Cavaliers, who lost their first two games of the season. The loss for ELCA was its first defeat at home to a Class A opponent since Landmark Christian edged the Chargers in the 2011 semifinals, 14-7.

Byrd’s tackle foiled a furious rally by ELCA, which trailed 21-0 with less than two minutes left in the first half.

Calvary Day drove 81 yards on its first possession to go ahead 7-0. Peterson hit tight end Milan Richards (committed to Clemson) with an 8-yard touchdown pass to cap the march, which was aided by a 50-yard pass to Jordan Walker and three ELCA penalties.

The Cavaliers defense held firm, and on their next possession Peterson’s passing and power runs mixed in by junior Robert Heyward led to Calvary Day’s second score – a 38-yard pass to Khaliq Hughes – and a 14-0 lead.

The ELCA offense sputtered again on its third drive, and with Chargers star linebacker Josh Shockley out with a possible broken arm, Calvary Day wasted little time scoring. The Cavaliers drove 62 yards in five plays, and Peterson tossed his third touchdown pass, an 8-yarder to Walker for a 21-0 lead.

ELCA got its offense going on its next drive, driving 50 yards inside the Calvary Day 10. But the Cavaliers’ defense held and took over on downs at their 1-yard line with less than three minutes left before halftime.

Calvary Day stayed aggressive on offense. From the Cavaliers’ 24-yard line, Peterson hit Richards over the middle for a big gain, but the ball popped out of his hands and into the arms of linebacker Shawn Bartlett, who returned it to the Cavaliers’ 43-yard line.

Four play later, Long scored from 2-yards out with 32 seconds left in the half to trim the deficit to 21-7.

Calvary Day 7 14 0 7 7 35

ELCA 0 7 13 8 6 34

C – Milan Richards 8 pass from Michael Peterson (Dan Hatch kick)

C – Khaliq Hughes 38 pass from Peterson (Hatch good)

C – Jordan Walker 8 pass from Peterson (Hatch good)

E – Jordan Long 2 run (Isaac Barber kick)

E – Long 6 run (Barber kick)

E – Lane Timpson 8 run (kick failed)

C – Walker 7 pass from Peterson (Hatch kick)

E – Davis Carrandi 73 pass from Long (Long run)

C – Robert Heyward 1 run (Hatch kick)

E – Cameron Stewart 5 pass from Long (run failed)

16 comments Add your comment

Calvary Cavs Fan

December 6th, 2013
11:33 pm

Incredible game!!!! Truly came down to the last play. ELCA’s coach went for it all at the end and didn’t make it. Both teams played good enough to win though


December 6th, 2013
11:57 pm

What a game congrats Calvary Day! Both teams laid it on the line.


December 7th, 2013
8:05 am

Would have been better to have a win, but the loss will at least allow ELCA to go on the recruiting trail a little earlier this year. Heck maybe even scout out some underclassmen in the Dome.

ELCA fan

December 7th, 2013
8:13 am

Congrats Calvary Day. Good luck next week. @ birdrow give it a rest. if you have proof send it ghsa. you are a butthead.


December 7th, 2013
9:59 am

No Swamp Lizard? Imagine that. Congrats to coach Mark Stroud and Calvary Day School. Good luck next week in the dome.

Elca fan-NOT

December 7th, 2013
3:53 pm

@Birdrow, you hit the nail on the head.

Innocent Bystander

December 7th, 2013
8:11 pm

@ TomDawg………….Haven’t seen you on here since about the 2nd game. Guess that’s cause your team has been irrelevant this season ! That means they haven’t been worth talking about !
@Birdcrap & Elca Wannabe……….. Losers like you guys have nothing else so you cling to rumors you wish were true. If you or anyone else can prove it, do it ! Yeah, that’s what I thought ! I’m thinking either your kid couldn’t play at ELCA or his team got wrecked by them ! I’m sure I’m not far off.


December 8th, 2013
1:12 pm

Innocent bystander or crybaby, same difference, you’re hurting, and i’m so glad. You just made my day!


December 8th, 2013
1:26 pm

Oh yeah and IB or CB, Coach Stroud is a good friend of mine down at Calvary. My brother, me and him and his brothers all played all sports together about everyday. Still talk to him alot. So what i’m saying is, i’ve still got ” a team ” going to the dome. And you don’t. You are just mad. HAHAHA!!!

Innocent Bystander

December 8th, 2013
2:50 pm

@ tomdawg or douchebag, same difference…….. are you in the adopt-a-team program now cause your team SUCKS ???? I guess that’s 1 way to get to the DOME. Coach Stroud didn’t look like a Upward Soccer player, but i guess if you played sports with him….. Like I said, nobody hears a peep out of your trash hole till after a team that would blow your team off the field loses for the 1st time in 26 games ! You’re a NO CLASS DIRTBAG ! KEEP TALIKNG, LOSER !!!

Innocent Bystander

December 8th, 2013
2:52 pm

Oh yeah and TD or DB….. are you 10, or just that stupid ?????


December 8th, 2013
7:33 pm

Check your facts, AJC. There is no Austin Byrd at Calvary. He is, however, on the roster for ELCA. Give credit to the correct Calvary Day player: Michael Strong, a senior.

Andre Wilson Sr. ( Big Dray)

December 9th, 2013
1:28 am

CORRECTION!! Watch the film; the game winning stop was made by Andre Wilson Jr. #56 ( Big Sexy!!!!)


December 9th, 2013
1:40 am

OMG!! He’s right. I watched the film and it was #56. No one else was near the initial tackle. COME ON GUYS LET’S GET IT RIGHT!!!!!


December 9th, 2013
11:53 am

@Innocent ByStander…you have been nothing if consistent with the personal attacks..I said it when you said that ELCA were men amongst boys..and that ELCA had more talent than any other A team…it is high school football and ANY team can win ANY night…So cool your heels and lick your wounds and get ready for next year…The Cavs & Aquinas are getting ready to play for their first State Championship!!!


December 9th, 2013
7:04 pm

IB did you tell your mommy and daddy that bad man Tomdawg hurt your feelings. Ok i won’t do it anymore. See you at the dome. I’m sorry you won’t be there will you. One more thing our winning streak was 29 games. You are pathetic.