Time: 7:30 p.m.
South Carolina Independent School Association Region 1-AAA
Augusta Christian: 13-0/SCISA Class AAA state champions
Wilson Hall: 8-4/SCISA Class AAA state semifinalists
The Lions and Barons opened the season a year ago in Sumter, S.C., with the Lions winning 27-21. Down 21-14, the Lions outscored the Barons 13-0 in the fourth quarter.
Execution is the key to winning most athletic contests, but it will be especially important when Augusta Christian hosts Wilson Hall on Friday night.
The game marks the return of former AC head coach Bruce Lane, who coached the Lions from 2002-2008 and led the school to a SCISA state championship in 2005. Lane holds the school record for most football coaching wins with 63.
“We use a lot of the same terminology, the verbiage,” said Lions head coach Keith Walton, who was an assistant under Lane. “I can’t just holler out the play now because he’ll know what I’m talking about, but he can’t do it to us because my kids are going to know it, too.”
Walton knows the game will not be an easy one.
“They’re going to be hard-nosed, great defensively, sound offensively, and they’re not going to turn the ball over or hurt themselves,” Walton said.
With an experienced group of lineman and the return of the majority of skill-position players on both sides of the ball, Walton is happy with the makeup of his team. He has a problem at quarterback, but it is a good one.
Gone is Tyler Roberson, who accounted for 43 touchdowns a year ago. Heading into game week there wasn’t a clear-cut choice for the signal-caller position between returning junior Hunter Beyersdoerfer, senior Greenbrier transfer Matt Chiera and Matthew Peavler. Walton was happy with the way all three have performed and the way they have been supporting each other through the competition.
“Their attitudes have been great about it,” Walton said.
Evans vs. Richmond Academy (TV); Grovetown at Washington County; Lakeside at Statesboro.
–Scott Rouch, Staff Writer