In the first meeting between the two schools, Augusta Christian took the early series lead over Augusta Prep on Friday night.
The Lions came out strong in the second half, dominating the line of scrimmage and ran their way to the 42-20 win.
By game's end, the Lions had rushed 42 times for 380 yards and five touchdowns.
Coach Keith Walton wants the team to be known for being tough up front and thought the Lions did that against the Cavaliers. They trailed 8-7 at halftime and made adjustments at the break.
“We just told them keep pounding them inside and it will break and it did,” Walton said.
Opening the second half, Augusta Christian running back John Freeman ripped off gains of 16, 16, 15 and scored on a 14-yarder to give the Lions a 15-8 lead they would not relinquish.
After the Cavaliers turned the ball over on downs on their next possession, E’Mon Reeves rumbled 44 yards for a score as the Lions stretched the lead to 22-8.
Reeves led all rushers with 202 yards on 11 carries while Freeman had 12 carries for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
The Cavaliers could muster just four first downs the entire night and lost five fumbles but came away with some big plays.
Joseph Shaver picked off a pass and ran it back 46 yards for a score, giving the Cavaliers an 8-7 lead. Jimmy St. Louis hit Shaver for a 54-yard touchdown off a fake punt and Brendan Alee returned a fumble 65 yards for a touchdown.
Down two scores, the Cavaliers recovered a fumble at the Lions' 31 at the end of the third quarter. After gaining a first down, they fumbled the ball right back to the Lions and any hope of a turnaround was gone when the Lions used five plays to score.
“I’m proud of these guys,” said Cavaliers’ head coach Harry Bacheller. “We’re young but we played with a lot of heart and effort.”
AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN 42, AUGUSTA PREP 20
PLAY OF THE GAME: With 3:16 left in the third quarter, Augusta Prep faked a punt with Jimmy St. Louis hitting Joseph Shaver for a 54-yard touchdown.
STAR OF THE GAME: Augusta Christian’s E’Mon Reeves rushed 11 times for 202 yards and a 44-yard touchdown.
WHY AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN WON: The Lions controlled the line of scrimmage in the second half and finished the game rushing for 380 yards.
WHY AUGUSTA PREP LOST: They could muster little offense and lost five fumbles.
NEXT: Augusta Christian at Laurence Manning, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Augusta Prep vs. Edmund Burke, Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Augusta Christian 42, Augusta Prep 20
Augusta Christian 7 0 21 14 – 42
Augusta Prep 0 8 6 6 – 20
AC–Matthew Peavler 28 pass to Bryce Ford (Hunter Miller kick), 5:41
AP–Joseph Shaver 46 interception return (Whitt Rutland run), 5:28
AC–John Freeman 14 run (Freeman run), 11:04
AC–E’Mon Reeves 44 run (Miller kick), 8:27
AC–Freeman 10 run ((kick fail), 4:52
AP-Jimmy St. St. Louis 54 pass to Shaver (kick fail), 3:16
AC–Alan Worsham 15 run (Miller kick), 8:20
AC–Davis Addyman 16 run (Miller kick), 7:16
AP–Brendan Alee 65 fumble return (kick fail), 5:10
RUSHING–Augusta Christian: Matthew Peavler 3-(-12), Bryce Ford 2-6, E’Mon Reeves 11-202, John Freeman 12-112, Jonathan McNeal 4-(-2), Kobie Brinson 1-2, Alan Worsham 1-15, Davis Addyman 1-16, Chris Troxel 4-9, Jackson Wingard 1-46, Nyle Grove 1-(-1); Augusta Prep-David Bramble 12-42, Jimmy St. Louis, 10-7, Whitt Rutland 7-38, Ross Hagler 3-2, Josh Rosenblum 2-1.
PASSING–Augusta Christian: Matthew Peavler 5-9-1 72, Parker Wingard 0-1-0. Augusta Prep: Jimmy St. Louis 3-7-0 59
RECEIVING–Augusta Christian: Ford 1-28, Brandon Rosier 1-4, Jacob Greenway 1-11, McNeal 2-29; Augusta Prep: Joseph Shaver 3-79.