In a dominating season for the Augusta Christian Lions, the closest win spoke volumes.
On the road against the Hammond Skyhawks (8-1), the South Carolina Independent School Association’s six-time defending champion, the Lions (8-0) got a last-minute touchdown and two-point conversion to overtake their nemesis, 29-28, Friday night.
The Skyhawks jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead before Tyler Roberson scored on a 33-yard run and Thomas Banks ran it in from a yard out to tie it at halftime.
The teams alternated fourth-quarter scores and the Lions trailed 28-21 after the Skyhawks got a final touchdown with 2:50 left in the game.
Undaunted, the Lions put together a 10-play, 63-yard drive culminating in Nick Fortenberry catching a 31-yard pass from Roberson with 31 seconds remaining. Coach Keith Walton decided to go for the win and the gamble paid off as Roberson found fullback Sean Sweeting for the two-point conversion.
In Georgia Independent Schools Association play, Augusta Prep got a 10-yard run from Nolan Brandon with just under seven minutes to play and the Cavaliers held on for the 24-21 win over Anderson.
Patrick Reynolds paced the Cavaliers with 103 yards on six carries and returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown.
In Region 2-AAAAA play, Lakeside improved to 3-3, 2-1 in the region with a 37-35 win against Houston County. Panthers kicker Colby Ellis hit a 41-yard field goal with 43 seconds to play, but the game remained in jeopardy until the Bears’ 51-yard field goal attempt fell short as time expired.
Quarterback Tanner Brassell was 14-19 for 319 yards and four touchdown passes, including a 62-yard completion to Josh Jones that set up the winning field goal. Jonathan Edwards led all rushers with 101 yards on three carries, the majority coming on a 91-yard scamper to open the scoring with 6:04 left in the first quarter.
In other county action Friday night, Evans’ Jabari Nelson scored early in the fourth quarter on homecoming night, preventing a shutout as the Knights fell to Jones County, 41-6.
Greenbrier lost to Warner Robins 52-13 and Harlem fell to East Laurens 46-0.
In a rare Saturday game, Grovetown was toppled 56-14 by Northside Warner Robins.