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Augusta Christian loses season-opener to Wilson Hall

Wilson Hall 33, Augusta Christian 13

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Augusta Christian’s defense of its South Carolina Independent School Association AAA state championship got off to a rocky start Friday night.

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Augusta Christian's Nick Fortenberry is tackled by Wilson Hall's John Ballard late in the second half.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Augusta Christian's Nick Fortenberry is tackled by Wilson Hall's John Ballard late in the second half.

Big plays and penalties derailed the Lions at every turn as Wilson Hall gave former Lions head coach Bruce Lane a 33-13 win in his return to the school.

“I was proud of our kids tonight,” said Lane, calling Augusta Christian a special place for him as his family. “Penalty yards hurt their drives and kept drives alive for us.”

The Lions entered the game a man down, with senior running back Thomas Banks sidelined with a hamstring injury, but it was on defense where the Lions took the most lumps.

The Barons took the opening kickoff and marched down the field until the Lions stiffened. Facing a fourth-and-13 from the Lions’ 30, quarterback William Kinney found Devin Singleton wide open across the middle at the 15 and he raced in untouched for the score.

Lions head coach Keith Walton thought that was a tone-setter.

“We were like deer in the headlights after that possession,” Walton said.

The Barons chewed up clock with its ground game, gaining 258 yards with Jay Goodson leading the way with 100 yards on 16 carries.

Augusta Christian got the ensuing possession and, while fumbling twice, made it to the Barons’ 16. Tyquan Burns was stuffed on fourth down at the Barons’ 18, however, and the Barons took over on downs.

The Lions had issues with the snap from center, fumbling five times but recovering each one. They were also penalized eight times for 66 yards.

After failing to score in the first half, sophomore quarterback Hunter Beyersdoerfer hit Nick Fortenberry for a 42-yard score and Bryson Ashmore picked up a fumbled snap and broke free for an 82-yard score early in the fourth quarter as the Lions cut the Barons’ lead to 26-13.

The Barons put an exclamation mark on the game using a 12-play, 60-yard drive to leave Augusta Christian just 54 seconds left on the clock.

Kinney scored his third touchdown of the night on fourth down from the Lions 15, juking Lions’ defenders and breaking tackles along the way.

“We have to block and tackle better, it’s the ABC’s of football,” said Walton.

WILSON HALL 33, AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN 13

PLAY OF THE GAME: A shotgun snap bounced off Lions QB Hunter Beyersdoerfer into the hands of Bryson Ashmore, who broke through the line and went down the sideline for an 82-yard score, bringing the Lions within 13 points early in the fourth.

STAR OF THE GAME: Wilson Hall QB William Kinney ran for three touchdowns and threw for another.

WHY WILSON HALL WON: Runners’ second efforts led to big gains and kept drives alive.

WHY AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN LOST: They couldn’t stop the Barons, who scored two long TDs on fourth-down. 

NEXT: Augusta Christian at Ben Lippen, Friday, 7:30.

WILSON HALL 33, AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN 13

Wilson Hall 7 7 6 13 – 33

Augusta Christian 0 0 7 6 – 13

First Quarter

W–Devin Singleton 30 pass from William Kinney (Cody Hoover kick), 6:56

Second Quarter

W–Kinney 1 run (Hoover kick), 2:01

Third Quarter

W–Kinney 1 run (pass fail), 8:09

AC–Nick Fortenberry 42 pass from Hunter Beyersdoerfer (Chiera kick) 5:47

Fourth Quarter

W–Jay Goodson 32 run (pass fail), 10:30

AC–Bryson Ashmore 82 run (kick blocked)

W-Kinney 15 run (Hoover kick), :54

 WHAC
First Downs209
Rushes-Yards47-25823-162
Passing Yards15886
Comp.-Att.-Int.12-14-06-14-1
Fumbles-Lost5-15-0
Punts-Yards0-03-102
Penalties-Yards2-108-66

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING– Wilson Hall: Parker McDuffie 15-66, Jay Goodson 16-100, Devin Singleton 4-35, William Kinney 12-57, Clayton Lowder, ; Augusta Christian: Bryson Ashmore 9-146, Dae-Vonte Shanks 3 (-7), Tyquan Burns 3-2, Hunter Beyersdoerfer 5 (-7), Nick Fortenberry 1-29, Blake Rish 2-5.

PASSING–Wilson Hall: William Kinney 12-14-0 158. Augusta Christian: Hunter Beyersdoerfer 6-14-1 86

RECEIVING–Wilson Hall: Singleton-4-68, Goodson 2-30, Clayton Lowder 1-14, Walker Patrick 1-15, McDuffie 2-29, JD Croft 1-6; Augusta Christian: Nick Fortenberry 2-50, Ian McDaniels 3-21, Ashmore 1-15.


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