Trinity Christian again had no answer against three-time defending state champion Eagle’s Landing Christian as the two Region 5-A programs met again in the Class A-Private football playoffs.
Despite being a denied a chance at having their second-round game at home, the Chargers dominated much like they had when the teams met in McDonough in September.
Scoring three times in the first 13 minutes, ELCA quickly jumped out to a commanding lead en route to a 48-14 victory.
It closed a successful 8-4 season for Trinity in its transition year to the GHSA while coming off last year’s trip to the GISA Class AAA finals.
Two of the Lions’ four losses last year came in lopsided losses to the Chargers, while the other two coming by a combined eight-point margin.
Keaton Mitchell ran for five touchdowns for ELCA in Friday’s win over Trinity, which was played at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta due to field conditions at their home field in McDonough.
The Lions were limited to just one offensive touchdown, scoring the other on a 40-yard interception return to get on the scoreboard with 1:13 left in the first half.
Trinity fell behind 21-0 early in the second quarter and by the break, the Chargers lead had blossomed to 35-7.
Trinity was among five schools from Region 5-A along with ELCA that advanced to the Sweet 16 in Class A-Private. Holy Innocents, Wesleyan and Mount Vernon also had seasons draw to a close in the second round.
Mount Vernon dropped a 27-13 decision to undefeated top-seed Athens Academy.
Wesleyan lost 42-27 to fourth-seeded Prince Avenue, which like ELCA and Athens Academy was rested from a first-round bye.
Holy Innocents also was defeated by a top-eight seed in Calvary Day, falling 52-12.