Augusta Christian ended Hammonds 19-game win streak with a 29-28 win over the Skyhawks in Fridays showdown between the two remaining unbeaten teams in SCISA football.
In the process, the visitors ended a 10-game losing streak to Hammond dating to 2006.
The Lions (8-0, 7-0 SCISA 3A) pulled off a game-winning drive after Hammond took a 28-21 lead with 2:50 remaining. On the arm of senior quarterback Tyler Roberson, Augusta Christian marched 65 yards on nine plays for a touchdown and two-point conversion pass with 32 seconds remaining.
It was a challenge to see how we would respond under pressure after we lost the lead, said Roberson, who completed his final four passes on the drive culminating with a 31-yard scoring strike to Nick Fortenberry.
Roberson then added a two-point pass to Sean Sweeting for the winning points.
Augusta Christian seemingly lost the ball on downs after a fourth-down incompletion, but the Lions received new life on a pass interference call against Hammond. Later, a holding call wiped out a 19-yard scoring pass by Roberson, but the senior came right back to hit Fortenberry on a post route for the touchdown.
I was debating whether to kick it or not it in my mind, but the seniors all wanted to go for it, Augusta Christian coach Keith Walton said.
It was a chance at vindication for Roberson.
We were in the same situation last year, called the same play for the two-pointer, but I fumbled the ball, he said. God gave me another chance, but though this is a great win, there is no ring, no trophy for it. It was just for us.
Hammond (8-1, 6-1) also showed plenty of resolve. The Skyhawks lost senior quarterback Jake Nidiffer to a first-quarter concussion. Nidiffer threw two touchdowns passes before leaving the game for the hospital at halftime.
Sophomore Nick Garrett stepped in and led Hammond on two fourth-quarter scoring drives after Augusta Christian tied it up early in the final frame. Garrett finished with 83 yards rushing on 10 carries, and his touchdown and two-point run gave the Skyhawks the lead.
I though Garrett handled himself well, ran the ball beautifully, Hammond coach Erik Kimrey said. We just fell a few plays short, and Augusta Christian is a great team and found a way to win. Were disappointed we lost, but we understand that it all comes down to a three-game winning streak in November.
Hammonds Quayshon Myers had a game-high 153 yards rushing on 28 carries.
H: Cannon Smith 9 pass from Jake Nidiffer (Ken Krupa kick), 7:44
H: Braden Shockley 9 pass from Nidiffer (Krupa kick), 3:20
AC: Tyler Roberson 32 run (Heath Brace kick), 10:31
AC: Thomas Banks 1 run (Brace kick), 4:37
AC: Roberson 1 run (Brace kick), 11:40
H: Myers 28 run (kick failed), 8:25
H: Nick Garrett 1 run (Garrett run), 2:50
AC: Nick Fortenberry 31 pass from Roberson (Sweeting pass from Roberson), 0:32
Rushing: AC, Roberson 10-56, Banks 20-84, Sweeting 9-20. H, Myers 25-153, Nidiffer 3-37, Garrett 10-83, Shockley 1-6.
Passing: AC, Roberson 11-18-0-121. H, Nidiffer 3-7-0-35, Garrett 5-11-0-21.
Receiving: AC, Sweeting 3-34, Fortenberry 3-38, Newman 3-40, McDaniel 1-9. H, Smith 2-14, Shockley 3-42.