Coach: Harry Bacheller
Offensive Coordinator: Harry Bacheller
Defensive Coordinator: Tray White
Affiliation: Glory For Christ Conference/East
Last year: 6-4
Key returners: Nate Pylant, SR-RB/DB; Nolan Brandon, SR-FB; Kevin Huggins, SR-FB. Sam Cleary, JR-OL/DL
(Games at 7:30 p.m.)
8/23: vs. Bethlehem Christian
9/6: vs. Curtis Baptist
9/13: at Thomas Jefferson
9/20: vs. Georgia Force
9/27: at Westminster of Augusta (TV)
10/4: at East Atlanta
10/11: vs. Skipstone Academy
10/18: at Anderson
10/25: vs. Augusta Eagles Home School
11/2: GFC Playoffs
11/9: GFC Semifinals
11/16: GFC Championships
Coming in with what head coach Harry Bacheller calls his best team on paper, the Augusta Prep Cavaliers are starting their season a little later than planned.
After their season- and home-opener against Holy Spirit Prep was washed out Friday night, the Cavaliers take the field Friday against nonconferencce opponent Bethlehem Christian.
The rain delayed the start of the season and a chance to play in front of their fans in their new stadium, which will be dedicated before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
The Cavaliers went 6-4 in 2012 and lost in the Glory For Christ semifinals for the second consecutive season.
They return the majority of the offense that averaged 26.5 points per game a year ago, but Bacheller will have to find a starting quarterback out of four contenders.
“Historically we have rotated quarterbacks, even though Jack Owen was our starter the past 2½ years,” Bacheller said. “We threw in Nate (Pylant) – Nate would quarterback five or six plays when I needed to talk with Jack – because with the team being so small and everybody going both ways, sometimes it’s tough to talk to a player.”
Pylant, Kevin Huggins, Jimmy St. Louis and Zach Sharp are in the running for the job even while Pylant and Huggins are among their top returning receivers and running backs, respectively.
Bacheller hopes to win the first game, but has the bigger picture in mind.
“With our option game you can easily fumble two or three times and lose the game or execute and win the game, it comes down to that,” said Bacheller. “Executing, we’re not there yet. It’s early in the season, so whether we win or lose, we’ve just got to get better and by the middle of the season be where we need to be to get into the playoffs again.”
Bacheller knows it will take all that his team has to give.
“It’s going to be a very tough schedule for us, there’s nobody I’m looking at we can take for granted,” he said.
“At the same time there’s nobody we can’t beat, so it’s going to be interesting and we’re going to have to battle.”