Not many teams can slow down Andale. Augusta took a shot, but couldn't hang with the Indians, either.
Andale capitalized on six Augusta turnovers, two touchdowns from its defense and one from its special teams on way to a 64-9 win on the Orioles' Homecoming night.
The Indians simply were too fast and, as Augusta found out, they can hit as hard as any team.
"We told our guys this week that they were going to come after us hard, so they were prepared as well as they could have been," coach Roger Robben said of the Indians, "but there's just no way to simulate that in practice."
Augusta actually led 3-0 in the first quarter after the Orioles put together a six-minute, 13-play drive to start the game. Connor Hurst connected for a 35-yard field goal.
The Indians got a big kick return to start at the Orioles' 35 and scored a touchdown seven plays later. The Indians led 6-3 after a missed conversion.
It didn't take long for Andale to score again. On an Oriole run play, the Indians delivered a crushing hit that jarred the ball free. They picked it up and ran it in for a touchdown and a 14-3 lead after a successful conversion.
The Orioles' defense later forced a turnover on downs just inside midfield, and the offense capitalized. Tristan Finch broke off a 32-yard run to get inside the 10, and he scored two plays later from four yards out to cut it to 20-9.
The Indians added two touchdowns in the final 1:05 of the first half to blow it open.
"For the first quarter and a half, I thought we were right there with them and competed well," Robben said. "...I told them to capsulate that moment and remember how they did."
The Orioles got close to scoring on a couple other drives, but they either turned over the ball or committed a penalty to stall the drive. Andale intercepted the Orioles three times. Augusta also lost three fumbles.
Andale quarterback Jared Smarsh ran for two touchdowns and threw another one. The Indians finished with 245 rushing yards to Augusta's 156.
Hurst had a 17-yard reception and Caleb Dunn had a 13-yard catch, but the Orioles couldn't get anything else going in the passing game. Robben even threw in some clever formations with spreads and trips bunch to try to keep Andale a little off-balance, but Finch didn't get much time to make clean throws.
Finch had a team-high 80 rushing yards. Brett Hamilton got 10 carries for 63 yards as he was able to step in for some hard-earned yardage. On defense, Kaleb Laubhan got the Orioles' lone sack. Hurst led the team with eight tackles. Colby Willis, who was named Homecoming King, had five tackles.
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