By DOUG GORMAN
Each time Trinity Christian’s football team steps onto the field from here on out, they make a little history.
A week ago, the Lions played in their first GHSA Class A Private School playoff game, coming away with a dominating 52-7 performance over visiting Whitefield Academy.
The saga continues this week for the Lions who move into the second round against top-ranked and three-time defending state champion Eagle’s Landing Christian.
Because of wet field conditions at Eagle’s Landing Christian, the contest has been moved to Lakewood Stadium located at 70 Clare Drive in Atlanta.
It will be the second meeting between the two schools this year.
In the first meeting between the two teams,, Eagle’s Landing Christian won the contest 61-0.
But that was the worst defeat for Trinity this season.
The Lions finished the regular season with a 7-3 record, but their other two losses were just by a combined eight points, falling to Mountain Vernon 13-12 and Wesleyan 17-10.
The Lions also pitched three shutouts during the regular season, beating Luella (16-0), Strong Rock (42-0) and Our Lady of Mercy (37-0) as part of their winning campaign.
The Lions have outscored their opponents 280-171 through the first 11 games.
Against Whitefield Academy, the Lions scored on offense, defense and on special teams to put together their dominating performance.
Trinity built a 22-0 lead at the half and was never really challenged.
“It goes back to consistency,” Trinity head coach Kenny Dallas said after the game “It comes down to leadership and our seniors have done a great job with that all year.”
Zach Seymour had touchdowns runs of 15 and 49 yards to help the Lions built the first-half momentum.
One of the Lions biggest weapons so far this year has come from its kicking game.
Ethan Aldridge had field goals of 47 and 45 yards in the first half to help the Lions build a big lead.
“When every you have a kicker a the high school level, you have a weapon and he is a weapon,” Dallas said.
After the Wolfpack cut the lead to 22-7 early in the third quarter, the Lions answered right back when Shamari Reid scored on a 99-yard kick return.
Danny Baird added a 43-yard touchdown and Kevin Feldbauer, who normally plays linebacker, scored on a 2-yard run to close out the third quarter.
Cody Jones Price , who was celebrating his birthday, had three interceptions, including one for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Lions had two safeties in last week’s victory.
Eagle’s Landing Christian comes into the contest with a dominating regular season. The Chargers outscored opponents 533-62 in 10 games.
The Chargers also finished with five shutouts against their opponents and Eagle’s Landing was never challenged in any of its nine victories.
Eagle’s Landing averaged over 450 yards of total offense, including 342 yards on the ground..
“We are excited about the way the season has gone,” said Dallas. We know we could have won a few more games, and we know we face a very big challenge this week. They have built a championship program at ELCA and that’s what we want to strive for here at Trinity.”