The Harvester Christian Academy Hawks improved to a 3-0 record with a 40-22 victory over North Region foe Praise Academy last Friday night in Winston. The three-game winning streak is the longest for the Hawks since the 2008 season.
With the victory, Harvester has sole possession of first place of the North Region of the Independent Christian Schools of Alabama and Georgia with a 2-0 region record.
Offensively, senior running back Zach Eichelkraut led the team with 100 yards rushing on 14 carries, including two touchdowns. It’s the third consecutive 100-plus rushing game for Eichelkraut. Fellow senior Raymond Price was held under the 100 yard level for the first time this season, but added 73 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns. Senior quarterback Orrie Tobin scored the other two touchdowns for HCA.
Defensively, the Hawks were led by junior linebacker Caleb Biddy and sophomore Bryce Yerkey with 14 tackles each. Junior linebacker Ryan Reagan was right behind them with 13 tackles.
“The boys really played great in a big region game tonight,” said head coach Jeff Reagan. “We were happy to finally have a home game, and were inspired by an awesome home crowd which helped us over the top.”
Harvester continues it’s home stand with a non-region game against traditional foe Shiloh Hills (Kennesaw) this Friday night. Kickoff at Post Road Park is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (Michael Stanley / Special to the Sentinel
The War Eagles of Landmark Christian School looked impressive once again early in the season as they defeated the No. 10 state ranked Wilkinson County Warriors by a score of 37-18 to improve their record to a perfect 3-0.
The home opener for the War Eagles saw sophomore quarterback Stockton McGuire use his running ability, throwing ability, and kicking ability to score three different ways. The defense intercepted two passes and held the high powered visitors offense to only two touchdowns after averaging 32 entering the game.
Offensively the young signal caller McGuire accounted for over 175 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground before adding a touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Sam Dobbs in the third quarter. Senior running back Darius Smith and senior fullback William Higbie also scored on the ground behind the skilled offensive line of senior Michael Johnson, junior Hunter Wallace, sophomore Steven Bedosky, sophomore Zach Stone, and sophomore Drew Anderson.
Defensively, takeaways and big bone jarring tackles were on display for all to see from the home team at Bill Thorn Stadium. Freshman defensive back Lofton Tidwell intercepted a pass early in the first quarter to give Landmark great field position, while later in the game All-State linebacker William Higbie also intercepted a pass to end a drive and destroyed all hopes of a comeback.
The errant passes were caused in large part to relentless defensive line play which saw junior defensive end’s Drew McMurrain and Will Yancey each have multiple sacks and tackles for loss. Senior defensive back Nolan Bryant and junior linebacker Titus Creamer were around the ball all night and were the leading tacklers for the game.
This Friday night the No. 2 ranked War Eagles look to once again protect their home field as they take on the also undefeated Mount Paran Eagles. This game will conclude the non-region section of the schedule for Landmark and comes at the heels of a bye week before entering region 5-A play. (Durand Rice / Special to the Sentinel)