High school football: Augusta Christian falls on Friday the 13th

It was a very wet and rainy Friday the 13th, but that didn’t stop football under the lights at Augusta Christian. Unfortunately for the Lions, it didn’t help them win either.

Laurence Manning Academy defeated Augusta Christian 35-10.

The Lions put up the first points as kicker Wilson Donnelly converted a 40-yard field goal with 3:11 remaining left in first quarter.

Donnelly looked to put the Lions ahead 6-0 with another field goal in the second quarter but failed to convert.

Midway through the second quarter, Laurence Manning Academy took a 7-3 lead after a 80-yard rushing touchdown by running back Ian Harris.

The Swampcats increased their lead driving down the field again and scoring on a 1-yard touchdown rush by Bryson Smith to end the first half.

Quarterback Tyler June goes back for a pass. Christopher Rickerson/Augusta Good News

During halftime, Augusta Christian recognized each of their senior fall athletes with a field presentation.

The Swampcats continued their momentum from the first half recovering an onside kick to start the third quarter. Quarterback Tyler June added his first passing touchdown of the game with a 20-yard pass to wide receiver Josiah Burson.

On their next drive, Augusta Christian drove down inside scoring position, but would fumble and the game would continue to get away from the Lions.

Burson scored two more times in the second half, giving him a total of three receiving touchdowns in the game.

Augusta Christian scored their only touchdown of the game with a 17-yard rush by running back Tristen Jones in the fourth quarter.

Laurence Manning Academy (6-2) will now be on the road again against Orangeburg Prep (3-4) next Friday, Oct. 20. Augusta Christian (3-5) will be back at home against Ben Lippen (4-4) also next Friday.

Christopher Rickerson, an Augusta University graduate, has covered area sports for Augusta University, The Augusta Press and Augusta Good News. Subscribe to the Augusta Good News newsletter here.

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