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Lions will play numbers game in 2015

Posted: August 19, 2015 - 12:09am
Augusta Christian will be opening its 2015 season against the Augusta Prep Cavaliers on Friday.   Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Augusta Christian will be opening its 2015 season against the Augusta Prep Cavaliers on Friday.

While attempting to get back to the South Carolina Independent School Association playoffs after failing to make the postseason for the first time in 20 years, the Augusta Christian Lions will be playing a numbers game.

The Lions will be young in spots and coach Keith Walton said they are not deep in skill positions. However, he likes what he has on the field and thinks they are ready to get back to their winning ways.

“The juniors that played on the team last year, they felt like there were some things chemistry-wise that stopped us from doing that,” Walton said. “They’ve done a very good job of inclusion so that wouldn’t happen again. If we don’t make it, we’re not going to make it because we beat ourselves.”

Offensively, the Lions are loaded in the backfield. Senior Hunter Beyersdoerfer will be starting under center for his senior season as will running backs E’Mon Reeves and Davis Addyman.

Walton said Reeves was sick through the first half of 2014 but was still able to post impressive numbers including averaging 6.4 yards-per-carry.

“So, to see him now – and he was almost a 1,000-yard rusher last year with mono, which is phenomenal – we’re real excited about him being healthy and the opportunities he’s going to have this year,” he said.

Reeves thinks the offensive line, anchored by brothers Tristan and Trace Hawn, will be the best in SCISA this year and likes the way the offense is looking.

“We have a combination of everything really this year,” Reeves said. “It’s a new scheme and it’s all over the place. So it’s me, (Davis) Addyman and some young guys getting reps, so we’re all going to be in the game a lot.”

Walton is impressed with the way Beyersdoerfer is handling the offense.

“It’s always positive when you have a senior quarterback, one who’s real comfortable at the controls and is real comfortable with his decisions. Whether he makes the right decision on the field or the wrong decision, he’s not afraid to take that chance,” Walton said.

Walton said the defense was the stronger unit a year ago but that has flipped a little this year. He’ll look for juniors Jacob Gardner and Griffin Hansen to be strong in the defensive secondary.

“We’ve just got to get stops, bend-don’t-break kind of thing,” Walton said.

Tristan Hawn thinks the keys to success are simple.

“Our line, we’ve got to go to work, we have to push all the guys off the line, make some holes for our running backs.” Hawn said. “Skill guys have to catch the ball, get downfield, score touchdowns. If we do all that well we should have a pretty good season.”

AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN LIONS

REGION: SCISA AAA Region 1

COACH: Keith Walton

2014: 4-7

KEY PLAYERS: Sr. RB Davis Addyman, Sr. OL Tristan Hawn, Jr. RB E’Mon Reeves, Jr. LB/QB Jackson Wingard.

OFFENSIVE/DEFENSIVE COORDINATORS: Keith Walton/Charles Cooper

BASE OFFENSE/DEFENSE: Multiple/3-5

2015 Schedule

(Games at 7:30 p.m.)

8/21: Augusta Prep

8/28: Laurence Manning

9/04: At Fox Creek

9/11: At Westminster

9/18: Cardinal Newman

9/25: Wilson Hall (HC)

10/02: At Pinewood Prep

10/09: At Heathwood Hall

10/16: At Porter Gaud

10/23: Hammond

10/30: At Ben Lippen

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