Augusta Christian knocks off Hammond in a battle of unbeatens

Augusta Christian 29, Hammond 28

COLUMBIA — Augusta Christian remained perfect, scoring a touchdown and a two-point conversion with 31 seconds left in the game to beat six-time defending state champion Hammond 29-28 on Friday night in a South Carolina Independent Schools Association game.


On a drive that covered 65 yards in 10 plays, quarterback Tyler Roberson hit Nick Fortenberry on a 31-yard touchdown pass that pulled the Lions to within a point.

Instead of kicking the PAT to tie the game, the Lions went for the win with a 2-point conversion. It worked, with Roberson hitting Gaige Gilbert on a pass.

Augusta Christian lost to Hammond for the South Carolina Independent Schools Association Class AAA title game in both 2006 and 2007.


Aug Christian 0 14 0 15 – 29

Hammond 14 0 0 14 – 28

First Quarter

H–Cannon Smith 10 pass from Jake Nidiffer (Ken Krupa kick), 7:44

H–Bradan Shockley 9 pass from Nidiffer (Krupa kick), 3:20

Second Quarter

AC–Tyler Roberson 33 run (Heath Brace kick), 10:31

AC–Thomas Banks 1 run (Brace kick), 4:37

Fourth Quarter

AC–Roberson 1 run (Brace kick), 11:40

H–Quayson Myers 28 run (kick failed), 8:25

H–Nick Garrett 1 run (Garrett run), 2:50

AC–Nick Fortenberry 31 pass from Roberson (Gaige Gilbert pass from Roberson), :31


First Downs1419
Passing Yards11965


RUSHING–Augusta Christian: Banks 21-92, Roberson 10-55, Sean Sweeting 10-23. Hammond: Myers 26-161, Garrett 8-71, Nidiffer 3-37, Shockley 1-5.

PASSING–Augusta Christian: Roberson 10-17-0-119. Hammond: Nidiffer 3-7-45, Garrett 5-12-20.

RECEIVING–Augusta Christian: Fortenberry 3-39, Grant Newman 3-39, Sweeting 3-43, Ian McDaniel 1-8. Hammond: Shockey 4-42, Smith 2-14, Caleb Woody 1-11, Myers 1-(-2).

Records: Augusta Christian 8-0, Hammond 8-1. Next: Heathwood Hall, 7:30 p.m.