Augusta's freshman football team has worked hard to continue its success from middle school, when this group of players lost only once in two years.
Now playing as Orioles, Augusta got its first victory of the season with a convincing 28-6 win against Mulvane at Hillier Stadium Monday night.
Jaden Shryock threw three touchdown passes in his first game after missing the opener at Circle with an injury.
"It was nice to have our quarterback back for this game. Our offensive line did a great job. It was a tremendous team victory. Go Orioles," said freshman head coach Brian Prentice.
Four different players scored for the Orioles. T.J. Hill scored on a short TD run. Brent Hevier, Cole Howerton and Chandler Nusz all caught TD passes from Shryock. Jacob Urmacher connected on all four extra points.
The Orioles were up big at halftime as the defense pitched a shutout in the first half before Mulvane finally got on the board in the third quarter. Kade Koltiska forced two fumbles, and Shane Bosley forced another. Hevier and Wyatt Owens made interceptions. Owens had a long return before finally getting tackled.
Augusta is now 1-1 on the season. The Orioles' next game will be at home Monday night when they host Wellington. The Orioles will be out for revenge against the Crusaders, who defeated the then-Bluejays in the season finale on their home field last year to hand them their only loss in middle school.
Game time is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17.