Augusta Prep's young football team took a second loss on the season Friday in its first-ever home game.
The Cavaliers fell to the Westminster Wildcats 14-0 at Blanchard Field, which typically serves Prep's soccer players.
Prep's defense caused several fumbles, but couldn't contain Westminster's option offense.
The Wildcats put up more than 180 yards of total offense with about 170 coming on the ground. Most of those rushing yards came from Westminster running back Richard Banks.
Though Westminster fumbled the opening kickoff, they recovered to launch a scoring drive highlighted by a 25-yard run from Banks.
Later, on a third and goal play, Wildcat quarterback Connor Hearon kept the ball and snuck it past the Cavaliers on a three-yard run for their first score. Banks followed with a successful run for the conversion.
Numerous penalties and turnovers, even in the red zone, kept Westminster from reaching paydirt again until early in the fourth quarter when Banks scored on a 12-yard run.
However, celebration after the score led to an unsportsmanlike conduct flag that was assessed on the conversion attempt. Hearon failed to reach the goal line on a dropped pass.
Augusta Prep is fielding its first football team this season and starting at the middle-school level.
The team has a seven-game schedule, but Friday's contest was the only home game for the Cavaliers this year.
Though disappointed that the Cavs couldn't produce a win in their sole home game, Prep coach Harry Bacheller said it wasn't unexpected.
"Eighty percent of these kids had never played (football) before," Bacheller said. "We have just five kids of 24 who have any kind of football experience."
As his team matures, and their football knowledge expands, Bacheller said the wins will come.
"We'll get there, eventually," he said.
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