Augusta Christian advances with rout of Cardinal Newman

Augusta Christian 51, Cardinal Newman 6



Augusta Christian showed Friday night why it entered the South Carolina Inde­pendent School Class AAA playoffs as the No. 1 seed.

The Lions jumped out to a 20-0 first-quarter lead and built it to 37-0 by the half. With the starters on the bench for the second half, the Lions went on to beat Cardinal Newman 51-6.

The Lions (11-0) got two turnovers on special teams and two interceptions that led to 17 points.

“The more series on offense you get, it’s almost like a noose,” Lions coach Keith Walton said. “And it gets tighter the more opportunities we get when the defense can give it to us on the short field and special teams can get it to us on the short field.”

The defense got the ball to the offense quickly, allowing just one first down on a penalty and 5 total yards of offense to
the Cardinals in the first half. The Cardinals finished with 80 yards of offense for the game.

Augusta Christian came out throwing the ball and struck first at 9:33 of the first quarter when quarterback Tyler Rober­son avoided a rush on fourth-and-three and found running back Thomas Banks wide open in the middle of the field for a 40-yard score.

“The pocket broke down and he (Roberson) got outside and I just found an open area and he threw it to me,” said Banks, who finished with three catches for 54 yards and 152 rushing yards on seven carries.

Roberson was in command in the first half directing the Lions offense. He had touchdown runs of 1, 8, 17 and 24 yards and finished with 64 rushing yards. He also completed 8 of 12 passes for 152 yards with an interception and a fumble.

Dominique Miles was integral on defense early on and also made his mark on special teams, recovering two fumbles on kickoffs. The first was recovered at the Cardinals’ 19-yard line in the first quarter, leading to a Lions’ touchdown and the 20-0 lead.

Leading 44-6, Dae-vonte Shanks finished off the night as he took a handoff around right end, stiff-armed one tackler and went down the sideline for a 47-yard touchdown on the game’s next to last play.

Augusta Christian will play host to Orangeburg Prep at 7:30 p.m. Friday.


PLAY OF THE GAME: After a first-quarter touchdown, the Lions blooped the kickoff down the right sideline and Dominique Miles recovered the fumble at the Cardinals’ 19, leading to a Lions touchdown and a 20-0 lead two plays later.

STAR OF THE GAME: Tyler Roberson. The Lions’ quarterback set the tone early with a 40-yard TD strike to Thomas Banks and proceeded to rush for four first-half touchdowns.

WHY AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN WON: The Lions dominated on both sides of the ball, suffocating the Cardinals.

WHY CARDINAL NEWMAN LOST: Its best first-half play was a 68-yard punt.

NEXT: Augusta Christian vs. Orangeburg Prep, 7:30 p.m. Friday

Augusta Christian 51, Cardinal Newman 6

Cardinal Newman 0 0 0 6 – 6

Augusta Christian 20 17 7 7 – 51

First Quarter

AC–Thomas Banks 40 pass from Tyler Roberson (Heath Brace kick), 9:33

AC–Roberson 1 run (conversion fail), 1:50

AC–Roberson 17 run (Brace kick), 1:03

Second Quarter

AC–Roberson 8 run (Brace kick), 7:55

AC–Roberson 24 run (Brace kick), 5:35

AC–Brace 38 FG, :05

Third Quarter

AC–Bryson Ashmore 43 INT return (Brace kick), 5:00

Fourth Quarter

CN–Jacob August 4 pass from Kody Watson (kick blocked), 9:00

AC–Dae-vonte Shanks 47 run (Brace kick), 1:00

First Downs611
Passing Yards25152


RUSHING–Cardinal Newman: Austin Ajukwa 1-1, Evan Dubois 10-73. Kody Watson 2-(-13). Augusta Christian: Thomas Banks 7-152, Sean Sweeting 2-9, Tyler Roberson 8-64, Dae-Vonte Shanks 5-63, Bryson Ashmore 1-12, Blake Rish 1-0.

PASSING–Cardinal Newman: Watson 8-16-2 25, Augusta Christian: Roberson 8-12-152-1, Hunter Beyersdoerfer 0-2.

RECEIVING–Cardinal Newman: Jacob August 3-14, Dubois 3-9, Danny Winterstein 1-4, Ajukwa 1- -2. Augusta Christian: Nick Fortenberry 3-78, Banks. 3-54, Sweeting 1-13, Grant Newman 1-7.


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