For the first time in its history, Loganville Christian Academy football can claim to be State Champions. Beating Community Christian School at Conyers 29-18 on Saturday earned the LCA Lions the Independent Christian Schools State Football Championship title. LCA Athletic Director Andre King gives credit to his team as well as the coaching staff.
“It was truly the hardworking and determination of our senior class, the entire team and the diligent preparation of our coaching staff,” King said, adding they did know going into the season, however, that they had a talented team. “But we had to train our players to marry their physical abilities with the mental approach that it takes to be successful on the field. They improved each day at practice and during the games.”
For King, who is in his fifth year as athletic director and head football coach at LCA, this state championship is one of his “proudest achievements.”
“From where this football program was five years ago, and to accomplish what we did this year, it has definitely been a labor of love for our players and coaches. It's neat to see the implementation of a process go from sowing seeds to reaping the harvest,” King said.
Although he gave credit to the whole team effort, King said there were some standout players in Saturday's championship game.
“Matt Lype claimed the MVP of the game. He had a great night rushing the ball (25 carries for 119 yards),” King said. “Three others were named to the ALL -STATE Team with their performances in the game - Tyler Browning, Paden Hood, Josh Owen. Our Offensive and Defensive lines played exceptionally well! They really paved the way for this Championship!”
With a championship under their belts, the Lions now are looking to next season, which will bring a change as some of the top players as seniors will be moving on.
“We have an outstanding group of seniors with Matt Lype, Paden Hood, Cole Bearrow, Hayden Helms, Harrison Brinkley and Kevin Gilleland - most of whom have been in our system since eighth grade,” King said. “They have provided great leadership this year, but most importantly they have left that template of leadership behind for our underclassmen to embrace and put into practice going into next year's season.”