Augusta Christian's football team bounced back into the win column Friday with a 42-28 win on the road. The Lions, ranked No. 2 in SCISA Class AAA, beat fifth-ranked Pinewood Prep with more than 250 yards of rushing offense.
"We were really pleased. They're a very athletic team, and we knew it would be tough to shut their athletes down," Augusta Christian football coach Bruce Lane said.
The Lion defense did give up 28 points, but two touchdowns came in the last five minutes of the game. Augusta Christian senior Jay Harmon rushed for 170 yards and averaged more than eight yards per carry. He scored on runs of 8 and 65 yards, and quarterback Tyler Bourdo threw three touchdowns.
Lane said the game came down to the turnover battle.
"They turned it over six times, and I don't think we turned it over at all tonight. That's a big difference," he said Friday.
Christian (2-1) will face Fox Creek (0-3) on Friday in the annual Battle for the Paddle at Pride Valley.
In Harlem, the Bulldogs nearly pulled off an upset when Class A powerhouse Lincoln County came to town. The game was in doubt until the final minutes of the fourth quarter before Lincoln County pulled away for a 24-7 win.
Harlem quarterback Wesley Morris found receiver Darontae Miller for the Bulldogs' only score on the game in the second quarter. The two teams were tied at halftime and Lincoln County led by 17-7 after three quarters, but a 66-yard Lincoln County run produced the final touchdown of the game and put the score out of reach for Harlem.
The Bulldogs (0-2) will next face Aquinas (0-2) on Friday for Harlem's first road game of the year.
The Evans Knights enjoyed a bye week last Friday and will return to action this weekend. The Knights (1-0) will open up their Region 3-AAAA schedule with a home game against rival Lakeside (1-1).
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