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Augusta, Ga--It's title time for the South Carolina independent ranks. That usually means a trip to Orangeburg for one area school. Kevin Faigle has more on the building of a powerhouse at Augusta Christian.
Pride Valley, home of Augusta Christian. With three straight trips to the state title game, home of a dynasty in the making.
"It's tradition." said senior Travis Cerasuolo. Every year we have a saying that we're dog soldiers and coach (Keith) Walton and all of the coaches help us out with that and that gets us motivated every year."
Friday night the Lions go after a second title in three years. Obviously a lot of these guys have been down this road before.
"We feel like we are more confident being there three straight years so we kind of know what the atmosphere is like." said Junior William Banks
" I think our kids are going to be more business-like since we have been there before and not so much caught up in the moment." Coach Bruce Lane mentioned. "But knowing we have been on both sides of the coin."
On the other sideline, their rival, Hammond. The Skyhawks have had the Lions number having beaten them three straight times, including the title game a year ago, including three weeks ago.
Travis Cerasuolo added, "Yeah, there are rival for sure. We just don't like them at all. We have lost to them three times in a row, last year regular season, postseason, and this year regular season. We are looking to get back at them."
"Every year since my eighth grade year, I have lost to Hammond my last game so, kind of puts a little bit more fuel on the fire." added Banks
Augusta Christian coach Bruce Lane is hoping Hammond feels the heat his team has already delt with.
"Now they know where we were last year because there was a lot of pressure to get back to that game. For us, hopefully, we have been there and done that. And now we can are ready to finish the last five minutes of game that we could not finish last year." said Bruce Lane
If Augusta Christian finishes the last five minutes, then another trophy may be hoisted in Orangeburg.
In that loss three weeks ago, the Lions played without running back Jay Harmon. He's back healthy and ready to go. The game is Friday night at 7:30 in Orangeburg.