The Augusta Christian Lions have given their fans plenty to cheer about this season. They closed out the regular season Friday night with a 54-27 win over Robert E. Lee.
In the contest, Lee Banks was his usual efficient self, going 9 of 11 passing for 155 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran the ball five times for 90 yards (18 yards per carry) and another score.
For the season, Banks has thrown and run for more than 1,000 yards each, becoming the first ACS quarterback to accomplish that feat.
Josh Whitaker also had a big game, catching four passes for 132 yards and three touchdowns.
The Lions have scored 392 points on the season, eclipsing the school record of 344 set in 1998. They also established a new school mark for yards in a season with 4,042. The Lions closed out the regular season with a 9-1 mark, which, you guessed it, is another school mark.
ACS will play host to Laurence Manning on Friday in the SCISA quarterfinals.
Also, Lions Head Coach Bruce Lane has been selected to coach the South Squad in the first-ever SCISA/NCISA Shrine Bowl. Four Lions players were also chosen to play in the game: Quarterback Lee Banks, running back/linebacker Dillon Quick, center Frank Morris and tackle Robert Clifton will play for the South Carolina team.
football season ends
The 2005 season proved to be a rough year for our area public schools - with the exception of the Harlem Bulldogs. Jimmie Lewis' crew exceeded expectations by finishing with an impressive 6-4 record overall and a 4-2 region mark. Unfortunately, they fell one game behind Cross Creek for a playoff berth.
However, Bulldog fans had plenty to cheer about, including a season-opening win over Evans.
Of Harlem's four losses, three were to very solid teams: Jefferson County (10-0), Thomson (9-1) and Cross Creek (5-1 region record). Harlem players and coaches should be proud of their performance this season.
For Evans, Lakeside and Greenbrier, the news was not as good. A youthful Evans team had one of the worst marks in school history, finishing 1-9 on the campaign. The Knights managed to score more than nine points only twice all season. The Knights did get a thrilling win over arch-rival Lakeside late in the season. The kids hope to build on that win for next season.
Lakeside started the season 2-1, but lost six of its last seven games to finish with a 3-7 record. The Panthers struggled offensively, scoring more than 15 points only once. Lakeside's defense played pretty well, holding opponents to 19 points per game.
Greenbrier will spend the off-season thinking about what could have been. The Pack finished 4-6 overall and 3-4 in region play. But a three-week stretch from Sept. 30 to Oct. 14 ruined the Wolfpack's playoff hopes. Greenbrier lost three consecutive games by a total of six points (Wayne County 21-17, Baldwin 14-13, and Effingham County 34-33). If it had beaten Wayne County or Effingham County, the Pack would be playoff-bound. The team also says goodbye to Head Coach Mickey Derrick. Derrick is a class act who will be missed.
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