Saturday, November 17, 2012
Columbia, SC -- After six straight seasons of watching someone else take the title, the Lions are kings of SCISA AAA football once again.
With a 21-14 win against longtime nemesis, Hammond, Augusta Christian won its first state championship since 2005.
It didn't come easy. It was scoreless through most of the first half, until the defense found an opportunity. The Skyhawks put the ball on the ground, and AC's Gaige Gilbert was the one at the bottom of the pile.
That led to near immediate offense. The drive ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Roberson to Thomas Banks and a 7-0 halftime lead.
The Lions extended the lead to 14-0, but Hammond wouldn't go away easily, bringing it back to 14-7.
That's when Banks took center stage. The junior running back went 97 yards with under 7:00 remaining, putting Augusta Christian up 21-7.
With it 21-14, the defense would have to hold one last time, though, and they did, recovering a Skyhawks fumble at the six-yard line with under 3:00 left.
The win was the second this season against Hammond after losing to them ten consecutive times in the past six seasons.
This also snapped the Skyhawks' state record streak of six straight state titles..
Augusta Christian finishes the season a perfect 13-0, the first undefeated season in program history. The senior class finishes with a 32-14 overall record.