Preview of the 2019 MTAC Championship Game
BY: ISAIAH AUSTIN
After 13 weeks of football, the stage is set. Tonight, the Ezell-Harding Christian School Eagles, in their 1st year of 8-man football, will take on the defending champs, the Christian Community School Colts for the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference Championship. Out of pure coincidence, as the site for the championship game was set in September, it will be hosted on the campus of EHCS. Through many ups and downs this season, the Colts have found themselves competing in their 7th championship game and looking for their record-breaking 4th title (Currently tied with Franklin Classical School respectively for the most MTAC Football Titles for a school with 3 championships each). Meanwhile, the Eagles have seen a drastic change in their football culture since making the change to their program, after decades in the TSSAA.
Ezell-Harding Christian Head Coach Dustin McGhee, while appearing on a special championship edition of 8-Man Extreme’s Extreme Radio this past Sunday, stated that “CCS is where we want to be… to have that success in the future.” McGhee already though has found great success in his 1st year coaching 8-man football, and has his team ready to compete for the Eagles’ first football championship since 2001. Senior QB Derek Griffin and junior RB Kadarius Price have created a powerful rushing attack all season, totalling over 3,000 yards on the ground.
Meanwhile, Christian Community Head Coach Jordan Flanders prepares to enter his 3rd straight championship game, and his 4th out of 5 years since taking over at his alma mater. “They’ve all had their own special character, so none of it is taken for granted,” said Flanders regarding the past championship teams. Senior leadership has been the driving force for the Colts, as 10 seniors will take the field on Saturday night. The offense is led by senior QB Micah Jones, who has found the end zone 27 times while only giving up 5 take-aways, and the defense is paced by senior Avery Harper, who has tallied 122 tackles in 10 games.
Only one team has played for and won an MTAC Championship in their 1st season: the 2009 Franklin Classical School Knights. That group of players accomplished another feat that Christian Community will tie tonight, which is competing in a trio of consecutive MTAC championship game (2009-2011). Defending champions against the newcomers. An amazing game is set to take place, and there is only one place to watch it!
8-Man Extreme is thrilled to broadcast the MTAC Championship for a 6th straight year. Spencer Tomsett will have the call in his 5th consecutive championship game, alongside Isaiah Austin in his 2nd. Coverage begins at 6:30pm CST on the 8-Man Extreme YouTube channel as well as their social media platforms, including interviews with the headmasters of both schools, live in-stadium introductions, and every score, all the way up to the trophy presentation.
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