2010 NHFA Tournament

Maryland Christian 2010
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Maryland Christian Saints wins 2010 NHFA National Championship

The unbeaten Maryland Christian Saints (14-0) left no doubt that they are the National Champions of the National Homeschool Football Tournament as they defeated the formerly undefeated North Georgia Falcons (11-1) 35-2 in the Championship Game and the Lighthouse Christian Chargers 38-6 in the Semifinals. Led by Quarterback Christian DiPaola and WR Jed Yousefi, the Saints passing game was almost unstoppable against both the Falcons and the Chargers while the defense shut out North Georgia and only allowed a 4th quarter touchdown to Lighthouse Christian. The Saints won their Mid-Atlantic Christian Conference last Saturday, then travelled to Panama City Beach, Florida to take on teams from Georgia (North Georgia Falcons) and Missouri (Lighthouse Christian Chargers).

NHFA Game Results
Games are 11 man tackle football using High School officials and playing under the National Federation of High School rules. Games are 48 minutes (4 quarters with each quarter 12 minutes long).

Thursday, Nov 18th:
12:00 Game 2 results: Freedom Academy HS 35 Baton Rouge HS 34
2:30 Game 3 results: Maryland Christian HS 38 Lighthouse Christian HS 6

Friday, Nov 19th
11:00 Game 5: North Georgia HS 59 Baton Rouge HS 24

Saturday, Nov 20th
10:00 Game 7: Lighthouse Christian HS 51 Freedom Academy HS 6
1:00 Game 8: Maryland Christian HS 35 North Georgia HS 2

7:00 Awards Ceremony & Banquet


Above Picture: Panama City Beach Mayor Gayle Oberst and PCB Councilman John Reichard were on hand to open the Tournament and give each team a Proclamation while coaches, players and fans look on. The Proclamation designated November 18-20, 2010 as “NHFA Champions Days in Panama City Beach”. It was presented to the Head Coaches from each team: Baton Rouge Christian Patriots (Louisiana), Freedom Academy Cowboys (Huntsville, Alabama), Lighthouse Christian Chargers (Springfield, Missouri) and North Georgia Falcons (Canton/Cumming, Georgia)

Lighthouse Christian wins 2010 Junior High National Championship

Thursday, Nov 18th
10:00 Game 1 results: North Georgia JH 28 Maryland Christian JH 23
5:00 Game 4 results: Lighthouse Christian JH 32 Freedom Academy JH 6
Friday, Nov 19th
2:00 Game 6: Maryland Christian JH 35 Freedom Academy JH 0
Saturday, Nov 20th
4:00 Game 9: Lighthouse Christian JH 6 North Georgia JH 0

Lighthouse Christian defeat North Georgia to win JH Championship
by Gordon Thigpen (Falcons player)

The NHFA Junior High Championship between the North Georgia JH Falcons and the Lighthouse Christian Academy Chargers was the last game for the Falcons in the 2010 season, and what a great game to end it on. The Chargers are from Springfield, Missouri, and came into the game as the defending NHFA national champions. The game turned out to be a good one.

The Chargers received the ball first and immediately went to work, scoring on a touchdown run by Drew Compton. The two point conversion was no good. The Falcons then drove to within the Charger 10, but turned the ball over on downs at the seven. The Chargers then took a knee to end the half. The Chargers had 6 – 0 lead at half.

North Georgia received the ball first in the second half on their own 33, but had to punt soon after. The Chargers drove into Falcon territory, only to be intercepted by Falcon cornerback Austin Rothenburger. The teams traded punts early in the fourth quarter. With 5:13 left in the game, the Falcons geared up for a final drive. The Falcons drove to the Charger 23, but turned the ball over on a fumble. The Chargers then ran the time out. The final score in this defensive struggle was Chargers – 6, Falcons – 0. Both teams played hard, and it was fun to watch. It was an excellent tournament, and we look forward to next year.


North Georgia JH beats Maryland Christian JH
(by Gordon Thigpen, Falcons player)

The North Georgia JH Falcons traveled down to Florida on Wednesday to play in National Homeschool Football Tournament. This exciting event is held every year in Panama City, and homeschool teams from around the country come to play some good football. This year featured Junior High teams from Maryland, Georgia, Alabama, and Missouri. The tournament opener between the the Falcons and the Maryland Christian Saints proved to be a highlight of the tournament.

The Saints scored first on a three yard touchdown run in the second quarter by David Harden. The extra point was good. The Falcons answered with a drive ending in a seven yard touchdown run by running back Dylan Cason. The two point conversion was stopped. Maryland regained momentum on the very next play when Alex Dowling returned the kickoff for a touchdown. The Saints successfully faked a kick for the two-point conversion. The first half ended with the Saints leading 15 – 6.

North Georgia opened the second half with a long drive capped by a half-yard touchdown run by halfback Tevon Valdez. Cody Ricketts was good on the two-point conversion to make it 15-14. After a successful onside kick, the Falcons took the lead with a 19 yard TD run by Cody Ricketts. Ricketts also was able to get into the end zone for the two-point conversion to give the Falcons the lead at 22-15. Maryland scored in the fourth quarter using a reverse pass. The two-point attempt was good giving the lead back to the Saints 23-22. The Falcons took the lead for good on the very next drive with a five yard touchdown run by Austin Rothenburger. The Saints stopped the Falcons on the two-point attempt, however, the Saints could do not score again. The game ended with a 28 – 23 victory for the Falcons. North Georgia JH earned a spot in the national championship with this victory.


2010 NHFA All-Star Team

Alex Dowling – Maryland Christian
Austin Lee – Maryland Christian
Bryce Moffatt – Lighthouse Christian
Ben Reeb – Freedom Academy
Brian Wilt – Maryland Christian
Caleb Gordon – Maryland Christian
Caleb Swadley – Lighthouse Christian
Christian DiPaola – Maryland Christian
Ethan Purvis – Lighthouse Christian
Evan Chase – Maryland Christian
Jackson Pollock – Lighthouse Christian
Jed Yousefi – Maryland Christian
Jon Lewis – Maryland Christian
Josh Pack – North Georgia
Kaelynn Rice – Baton Rouge
Kris Setser – North Georgia
Matt Dennison – Freedom Academy
Michael Adcock – Freedom Academy
Michael Jefferson – North Georgia
Paul Ketel – Lighthouse Christian
Riley Davis – North Georgia
Ryan Rivers – North Georgia
Stevie Douglas – Baton Rouge
TJ Dixon – Baton Rouge
Will Carlton – Maryland Christian

The 2010 NHFA Tournament will have homeschool teams from Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland and Missouri competing for a national championship. These homeschool teams have played 23 games against other homeschool teams around the country, none of which were against one another. The combined record is 19 wins against 4 losses. Maryland Christian Saints (Bel Air) have played 7 games, North Georgia Falcons (Canton/Cumming) 6, Lighthouse Christian Chargers (Springfield, Missouri) 4, Freedom Academy Cowboys (Huntsville, Alabama) 4 and Baton Rouge Christian Patriots 2. In all games played this year, the 5 teams won 35 and lost 13.

The Maryland Christian Saints are undefeated at 11-0 and are the 2010 MACC Championship, defeating the Central Virginia Disciples 28-20. The Saints were Mid Atlantic Christian Conference (MACC) Champions in 2007 and 2008.

The North Georgia Falcons are undefeated at 10-0 and are the 2010 GFC Champions, beating the Georgia Force 20-7. The Falcons won their second straight GFC Championship.

Baton Rouge will be led by QB Stevie Douglas. Stevie has committed to play football at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas and will begin classes in January 2011, so he can play spring ball with a chance to start in fall of 2011.

Lighthouse Christian Chargers2009 NHFA Champions

Lighthouse Christian Chargers

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2010 Freedom Academy

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Baton Rouge 2010
Baton Rouge Patriots

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North Georgia Falcons


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Maryland Christian Saints quarterback Christian DiPaola throws against North Georgia defense

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MCS+NG end of gameMaryland Christian Saints (white jerseys) + North Georgia at end of game
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Baton Rouge playersBaton Rouge Players
Lighthouse O (white) vs MarylandLighthouse Christian in white vs Maryland Christian Saints in red.
LCA cheerLighthouse Christian cheerleaders
Freedom+Lighthouse end of gameFreedom Academy (white) and Lighthouse Christian
LCA vs NG -championship gameJunior High Championship: North Georgia (red) vs Lighthouse Christian
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NG pregame fansPregame Lineup

Lighthouse Christian vs Freedom Academy (white)

NHFA BBQ Dinner 2010Meet & Greet Dinner