Landmark Christian cut the Eagles Landing Christian Academy Chargers’ 2011 season short with a 14-7 victory in the 2011 GHSA Class A Football playoff semifinals. ELCA head Charger Jonathan Gess believes that this opportunity of a new season will help cleanse mistakes of the past, which will pave the way for brighter circumstances come early December.
“We came in overconfident for the Landmark Christain game,” Gess said. “I think this new group of seniors will learn from what happened last year so they can build on the work from past teams to be successful this year.”
Charger football has been turbo charged by two blue chip prospects. Senior Keyante Green and defensive end Isaac Rochell are two giant engines that pump the Charger train down the tracks.
Green, a UCLA Bruin commit, ran for 970 yards, 16 touchdowns, and recorded 104 tackles and six sacks on defense in the fall as a Charger junior.
In an interview with Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Green raved about what stood out for him at UCLA.
“Coach Mora is a guy I trust,” Green said. “He went through his whole UCLA plan with me over the phone, how everything is going to be there. He told me he was looking for a few Georgia guys that were willing to work, and he wanted to me.”
Rochell, a recent Notre Dame commit, is pleased with where he committed and believes the future of the Notre Dame program is strong.
Bryan Fischer, CBS Sports Football Recruiting blogger, quotes Rochell as saying that the 2013 Notre Dame class will be special and that Notre Dame is going in the right direction.
Gess described the spring practice as a good learning experience but there is always room for improvement.
“It’s spring practice, everything needs to be tightened up to be successful this next season,” Gess said. “The kids just need to work hard this summer and try their best to get better everyday and we should be fine come fall.”
The Chargers kick off their preseason with a scrimmage against Dutchtown of Region 4A- AAAA Aug. 17. The regular season begins on Aug. 24 against Washington County at 7:30 p.m. A rematch against subregion 5A-A opponent Landmark Christian waits at the tail of the end season, Nov. 9 at 7: 30 p.m.
This time out, the Chargers hope not to burn out on their run to a Class A football championship.