Taitt Launches a Pass

LCA quarterback Donovan Taitt (8) launches a pass under pressure Friday in the Lions' first-round playoff game against Southland Academy Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

LOGANVILLE — Loganville Christian Academy advanced to second round play in the quest for a state championship in the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) by virtue of a 21-20 overtime win over Southland Academy (Americus).

This week, they play host to the Milledge Academy Trojans, a Region 4-AAA opponent with a 10-1 overall record and 3-1 in region play. Milledge’s only loss came to last year’s GISA champion, Westfield (Perry) in week nine of regular season play. Milledge advanced to Round 2 play with a 31-6 win last week over Bulloch Academy (Statesboro).

Andre King, head coach at LCA, said, “They are a well-coached team. They have great size and play very fast and physical; we will have to play our best game of the year to beat them.”

Due to the massive rainfall over the past few days, Hawkins Field resembles a flood plain more than it does a football field and King said field conditions will be a factor in Friday’s game. “But we both have to play on the same field and, hopefully, we’ll be more accustomed to a wet field than will Milledge.”

The Trojans have played their last three games at home, on an artificial turf surface. When asked if LCA had given any consideration to moving the game to one of the local stadiums with artificial turf, King replied, “We’d rather be at home than to ask our fans to go off-campus.”

A slow field will definitely hamper the Lions offensive production which averages 116 yards per game through the air and 193 yards on the ground. Donovan Taitt has passed for 1,160 yards – primary receivers have been Collin Hall, Mike Meme and Gaines Roberts. John Heart’s 1,197 yards lead all LCA runners with significant contribution by Trevor Callaway and Dylan Alvarez.

The player who received all the glory for last week’s overtime win was Kevin Allen, who has hit on 37 of 40 point-after attempts, none bigger than the one he made to win the Southland game 21-20. But there were two other un-sung heroes on the winning play: the snapper and the holder.

“Our regular long snapper was injured and we asked freshman Alex Noblett to step in,” King said. “He worked hard all week and delivered under pressure. The snap was a little high and Donovan (Taitt) did a great job of getting the ball down for Kevin to make the kick.”

In other Round 2 GISA action, Pinewood (Bellville) plays Valwood (Valdosta), Deerfield-Windsor (Albany) hosts Gatewood (Eatonton) and Westfield (Perry) meets Brookwood (Thomasville).

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