Augusta Prep hands Bethesda loss in football opener

(Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News File Photo) Antwain Turner, Bethesda Academy football coach.

Augusta Prep wasted no time establishing its dominance against host Bethesda Academy on Friday night.

 

On the first play from scrimmage, Brian Stone took a run between the tackles and cut quickly to the left side of the field where he found daylight – sprinting down the sideline for a 61-yard touchdown. The Cavaliers went for two, but a pass fell incomplete as they took a 6-0 lead.

Augusta kept the pressure on all night and walked away with a 50-12 win over a young Bethesda squad in the season opener.

Stone, a senior running back, did a lot of damage with his powerful legs, rushing for 210 yards and three scores on just 13 carries. He added scoring runs of 42 and 12 yards in the second half.

Will Dorn, the Cavaliers’ senior quarterback, showed off a versatile game as he complete 4 of 4 passes for 108 yards and two scores, while rushing for 116 yards and another touchdown on 12 carries.

Dorn connected with classmate Palmer Bachelder on touchdown strikes of 31 and 64 yards.

“I have to give my offensive line a lot of credit,” Stone said. “The holes were wide open and I just had to stay on my path behind them. We have 10 seniors on this team, and we’ve been playing together since the sixth grade. We have a great connection.”

Dorn said he and Bachelder stay after practice to work on routes, although their offense is run oriented.

“We have a great relationship, I know exactly when he is going to cut and when to throw the ball,” Dorn said. “We started as freshmen and won just one game, then we won five and won eight last year. We’ve got some things we need to work on, but our goal is to win a (GISA) state championship this year.”

Bethesda never got much going offensively. Sophomore Jaden Wright led the Blazers with 50 yards on 15 carries. Freshman quarterback Antjuan McKay was 8 of 12 passing for 83 yards with an interception, while rushing for 32 yards. Keith Glover and Anthony Butler scored on short runs for the Blazers.

“We showed our youth tonight and made a lot of mistakes,” Bethesda coach Antwain Turner said. “McKay is just a freshman, and he made some mistakes, but he showed his potential with some nice plays, too. Augusta is a veteran team, and we learned some lessons from them tonight. We learned we need to play to the whistle, hang on to the ball and stay in our gaps. I think we’ll improve in our next couple games as we get ready for region play.”

With 4:05 left in the first quarter, Dorn found Bachelder down the left sideline with a 31-yard scoring strike, and Stone converted a run for the two-point conversion as Augusta went up 14-0.

Bethesda finally got a drive going at the end of the first quarter as the Blazers marched 65 yards in nine plays. The key play was a 29-yard pass from McKay to Janori Higgenbottom.

Glover closed things out with a a 2-yard scoring run, as the Blazers cut the lead to 14-6.

Augusta answered quickly, on the very next play as Dorn hit Bachelder once again on a deep route. Bachelder ran with intelligence to find an opening to score on the 64-yard touchdown.

Dorn started grinding things out in the second quarter on the ground. He rushed for 70 yards in the first half, including a scrappy 11-yard scoring run with 5:48 left in the half as the Cavaliers took a 28-6 lead.

“We won a scrimmage last week and actually had a bad week of practice. I don’t know if the kids had big heads or what,” Augusta coach Harry Bacheller said. “But I was impressed with the way we played tonight. The boys kept at it and got a second wind in the second half. We have a lot of respect for Bethesda. They are a well-coached team and are young. They are going to get better.”

AP|14|14|16|6|—|50

BA|6|0|0|6|—|12

First quarter

AP-Brian Stone 61 run (pass failed)

AP-Palmer Bachelder 31 pass from Will Dorn (Stone run)

B-Keith Glover 2 run (run failed)

Second quarter

AP-Bachelder 64 pass from Will Dorn (Stone run)

AP-Dorn 11 run (pass failed)

Third quarter

AP-Glen Owen 12 run (Dorn run)

AP-Stone 42 run (Dorn pass to Owen)

Fourth quarter

AP-Stone 12 run (run failed)

B-Anthony Butler 2 run (run failed)

Records-AP 1-0; B 0-1.

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