Friday, November 20, 2009

Concord 1st Assembly goes for state title Saturday

Saturday at Charlotte Christian, yhe Concord First Assembly Eagles will play in the NCISAA Division II football State Championship game. The Eagles will host the Harrells Christian Academy Crusaders (Harrells, NC) who are the defending state champions. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

The Eagles won the Piedmont Conference this season and finished their schedule undefeated (10-0). They defeated the Ashville Blues (55-13) in the first round of play-offs and last week, the Eagles defeated the Forsyth Country Day Furies (20-19) to advance the title game.

The Crusaders are the 2008 defending State Champions and finished their season (10-2). They defeated Northside Christian Academy (48-8) in the first round of play-offs and last week, the Crusaders defeated Westminster Catawba Christian (14-0) to advance to the title game.

The past two years, the FACS-Eagles and the Harrells-Crusaders have met in the State Championship game with one win each. In 2007, the Eagles beat the Crusaders 34-33 in the closing seconds of the game to win their first state title. Last year (2008), the Crusaders came from behind late in the fourth quarter to defeat the Eagles 38-35 in the closing seconds of the game.

Head Coach, Mike Minter, a former Carolina Panther, is currently in his second season at First Assembly. His team has averaged more than 300 yards rushing and more than 100 yards passing per game this season.

The offense is led by: Senior, Running-Back Tony Moore who has more than 1900 yards and 22 TD’s on the season. Senior, QB-David Larson has over 900 yards and 11 TD’s passing. Seniors, Kyle Grisby has over 500 yards and 9-TD’s. Senior, Brandon Stegall has more than 300 yards and 4-TD’s.

The Eagle defense is led by: Senior, Matt Wallace with 8.3 tackles per game, 5 sacks and 1 interception. Senior, Kyle McKinley with 8 tackles per game, 4 sacks and 1 blocked punt. Junior, Easton Sprabary with 8 tackles per game and 3 sacks. Senior, Ansley Miller with 7.9 tackles per game, and 9 sacks. The Eagles defense has also averaged six sacks per game, led by Jon Wilson (11 sacks), Ansley Miller (9 sacks) and Matt Wallace (5 sacks), and Kyle McKinley (4 sacks). Plus, Junior, Tyler Rhyne leads the conference with 6 interceptions for more than 225 yards.

First Assembly is 22-2 over the last two seasons and they have not lost a game on their home (Webb) field since October 12, 2007. As a result, this State Championship game looks to be the biggest games of the season (maybe the biggest game in the past three seasons) and an incredible rematch between these two great teams. Harrells (10-2) and defending State Champion would like to be the spoiler for a perfect (12-0) FACS season. It will be an exciting game with a lot of history between these two teams.

-- Observer Staff Reports