An undefeated start has made for a memorable 2012 season thus far for the Westminster Wildcats.
On Friday night, the Wildcats notched a convincing, 34-7 victory over Augusta Prep in the first installment of what likely will become a budding rivalry for two of the area’s newest football programs.
For senior quarterback Tim Nabholz, the game meant even more because of the opponent. It showed, as he threw three touchdown passes to three receivers.
“This is the only chance I ever get to play Prep, so this is a good feeling,” he said.
The nonregion win was the sixth in as many games for unbeaten Westminster. The program clinched its first winning regular season in its three-year history after winning four games last year.
“It is beyond some of the expectations we had,” coach Andrew Bryan said. “But, hey, we’ve got a long season left, and we count every victory as a blessing.”
Nabholz settled down after an early interception, completing 7 of 17 passes.
In the first quarter, he found Michael Goodell on a 31-yard touchdown strike on third-and-20. Late in the second quarter, after Augusta Prep tied the game at 7 on quarterback Jack Owen’s 9-yard run, Nabholz completed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Michael Almond to regain the lead.
For Westminster, Josh Jackson had 60 yards on 10 carries. He scored early in the third quarter on a 17-yard run and had the game’s final score, a 10-yard run. Nabholz’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Robertson happened in between those scoring drives.
For Augusta Prep (2-3), injuries have begun to mount. With a patchwork offensive line, the Cavaliers had trouble gaining rhythm with the triple option. They averaged 2 yards a carry, as standouts Nolan Brandon (63 yards) and Kevin Huggins (19 yards) were held in check.
“Hats off to them,” Augusta Prep coach Harry Bacheller said of Westminster.
“We’ve got some injuries, but that’s no excuse,” he added. “We’ve been trying to hide them. We couldn’t even finish tonight’s game. We had to ask for a running clock because we were down to our fourth- and fifth-string linemen.”