Augusta Prep passes by Johnson Ferry Christian Academy for title

Augusta Prep 28, Johnson Ferry Christian Academy 21 (2 OT)



ATLANTA — After battling for 48 minutes and two overtimes, Augusta Prep came away with a 28-21 win over Johnson Ferry Christian Academy and the Glory For Christ League championship on Saturday.

In the second overtime, Cavaliers’ sophomore quarterback Jimmy St. Louis, starting in place of senior Nate Pylant, found sophomore Josh Rosenblum in the right corner of the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown and a 28-21 lead. On the ensuing play, Rosenblum picked off the Saints’ Mason Meadows, ending the game and sending the team and fans into a state of unbridled joy.

“I saw my man go out and I knew I had to make a play on that one,” said Rosenblum of his interception.

On top of starter Patrick Reynolds breaking his fibula in last week’s semifinal game, Pylant dislocated his elbow Thursday and running back Kevin Huggins was hobbled by an ankle injury.

Fullback Nolan Brandon was head coach Harry Bacheller’s workhorse, carrying the ball 42 times for 248 yards, including an 86-yard touchdown just before the half and a 1-yarder that tied the game with 7:02 remaining.

“That was probably the best game I’ve ever played in, in my entire life,” Brandon said. “Everybody just pulled together, it wasn’t just one guy, it was a team effort.”

Bacheller was emotional talking about the team after the game.

“In my 31 years of coaching, I can’t think of a better group, I’m so proud of them,” he said.

After stopping the Saints (8-4) on their first drive of the game, the Cavaliers (11-1) had a 16-play, 78-yard drive that took nine minutes off the clock with St. Louis sneaking in from a yard out.

After the Saints tied it, Brandon rumbled 86 yards for a touchdown with 1:16 left in the half.

The Saints scored on their first two possessions of the second half to take a 21-14 lead, but Brandon again pounded the ball in from 1-yard out.

In the first overtime, the Cavaliers forced a fumble on the Saints’ possession, but Huggins’ 30-yard field goal attempt was just wide.


PLAY OF THE GAME: Jimmy St. Louis hit Josh Rosenblum with a 14-yard touchdown pass to give the Cavaliers a 28-21 lead at the beginning of the second overtime.

STAR OF THE GAME: With others banged up or out, Augusta Prep’s Nolan Brandon put the team on his back, rushing 42 times for 248 yards and two TDs, including the tying score in the fourth quarter.

WHY AUGUSTA PREP WON: It controlled the clock and didn’t turn the ball over.

WHY JOHNSON FERRY LOST: It turned the ball over in each overtime period.


Johnson Ferry 0 7 14 0 0 0 – 21

Augusta Prep 7 7 0 7 0 7 – 28

First Quarter

AP–Jimmy St. Louis 1 run (Kevin Huggins kick), :02

Second Quarter

JF–Luke Chauncey 28 pass from Mason Meadows (Jack Edman kick), 6:43

AP–Nolan Brandon 86 run (Huggins kick), 1:16

Third Quarter

JF–Chauncey 27 pass from Meadows (Edman kick), 7:38

JF–Peter Elder 13 run (Edman kick), 2:44

Fourth Quarter

AP-Brandon 1 run (Huggins kick), 7:02

Second Overtime

AP–Josh Rosenblum 14 pass from St. Louis (Huggins kick)

First Downs918
Passing Yards19445


RUSHING–Johnson Ferry: Peter Elder 3-17, Dewan Warbington 2-27, Mason Meadows 5-2; Augusta Prep: Nolan Brandon 42-248, Kevin Huggins 16-60, Jimmy St. Louis 7-17, David Bramble 2-23.

PASSING–Johnson Ferry: Mason Meadows 15-28-3 194; Augusta Prep: St. Louis 3-5-0 41, Michael Downing 1-4-0 4., Huggins 0-3-0

RECEIVING–Johnson Ferry: Luke Chauncey 6-80, Thomas Gilbert 6-101, Warbington 3-13; Augusta Prep: Huggins 1-4, Rosenblum 1-14, Brandon 1-13, Downing 1-14.