By Darius Goodman and Luke Strickland - Henry Herald
MCDONOUGH — The ELCA Chargers finished off a perfect 14-0 season Friday morning with a victory over Athens Academy in the Class A-Private state championship game.
With the win, ELCA’s senior class finished their careers with a record of 46-10 and three state championships. After losing 49-7 to Mount Paran Christian in the state championship as freshmen in 2014, ELCA has lost just three times since.
Several of those players will go down in ELCA’s history books as some of the most productive players in program history. The Henry Herald caught up with a handful of those seniors after their state championship win.
Sean Queen, wide receiver
On the win: I just want to thank my lord and saviour Jesus Christ. He put our whole team in this situation. With coach (Jonathan) Gess and all the coaches here I just want to thank them. They were always here for us. To do our very best, we just had to execute what we had been practicing for the past 18 weeks. I thank God we’re state champions again. It’s three years in a row, it’s crazy.
On graduating as a state champ: Everybody knows I committed to Liberty, but this is my home and these are my brothers — I’d do anything for them and it was just a great way to go out. I have a lot of emotions, happy emotions.
Harrison Taylor, defensive lineman
On being a three-time state champ: It’s great — I couldn’t have done it without my brothers and nobody works like us so it’s great to share it with them.
On losing to Mount Paran as a freshman in the 2014 state championship game:It motivated us, nobody wants to get beat 49-7 in the Dome, especially not on live TV. We we’re up at 5 (a.m.) in the morning from January to May working, not letting it happen again.”
On his season: Technically you can say first-string, starter but years back we rotated and I was like a starter. I played defense and offense. I still did everything — it was the same mindset, come in work hard every day and it paid off.
On meeting goals this season: We met the team goal of winning 36 straight, winning the championship three times in a row. But yeah, we met the team goal, it’s not always about your personal goal.
On graduation: I’m still going to come out and work hard. If God blesses me with an opportunity to go play football at the next level, I’ll take it and I’ll be prepared. Instead of just stopping and giving up, I’m going to keep going. If God gives me the opportunity. I’ll take it.