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Eagle’s Landing Christian head coach Jonathan Gess gives his team instructions during a game.

After an uncharacteristic, three-game losing streak at midseason, the Eagle’s Landing Christian football team is rolling again toward what would be a sixth straight state championship.

The Chargers opened the Class A Private playoffs last week with a 45-17 win over Aquinas as the offensive line paved the way for another big night running the ball. Josh Rogers broke out with a huge rushing game earlier in the season, but the backfield also has received major contributions from Brandon Hood and Cam Sigur, two standouts in the win over Aquinas.

Charis Spence led the defense with four sacks and six quarterback hurries in the victory, giving him 16 sacks on the season.

ELCA (8-3) entered this season with four losses the previous four seasons combined, and its three losses this season is a first since the 2015 state championship team went 11-3. However, this year’s losses were all to successful programs from higher classifications — 38-14 to Class AAAAA Blessed Trinity on Sept. 19, 34-14 to AAA Crisp County on Sept. 25 and 20-13 to AAA Pierce County on Oct. 2.

Going forward, the Chargers only have to worry about fellow Class A Private teams. The next challenge is Friday, when they host Stratford Academy (8-2) in the second round. Stratford beat Brookstone 42-21 in the first round.

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