Augusta head coach Jason Filbeck took over as head coach five years ago. According to Filbeck, this is the youngest team he has coached in his time at Augusta.
The Orioles’ youth was evident in Friday night’s 13-3 loss to Andover Central at Hiller Stadium.
“We didn’t know what they were going to bring, and we weren’t quite sure what we had because we’ve been playing a lot of freshman all summer,” said Filbeck.
“Two or three freshman got in and a lot of sophomores. We’re just young. I’m happy with their effort. We have a lot of things to clean up. We had a lot of sophomores on defense too, and they played great. We just gave them too many chances.”
Wind was a factor from the opening kick, as the Orioles elected to kick to the Jaguars to open the game.
Both offenses opened with a three-and-out and, and neither team was able to get on the scoreboard in the first quarter.
Andover Central threatened to score near the end, but Dominik Ketchum picked off a pass at the 5-yard line with 18 seconds left in the first quarter to keep the Jaguars off the board.
Midway through the second quarter, Andover Central’s Jacob Rees came down with an interception and returned it to the Augusta 37-yard line. Nine plays later, Chase White found Peyton Jensen for a 13-yard touchdown pass to give Central a 7-0 lead with 6:04 left in the half.
The Orioles responded on the next drive, as sophomore running back Ryan Andrews caught a pass and raced all the way to the Central 15 yard line.
A few plays later, Central was hit with a flag for roughing the passer, which gave the Orioles a first-and-goal at the 6 yard line. The Orioles were only able to come away with a field goal by Tyler Kohls, and went into the half trailing 7-3.
Neither team was able to find the end zone in the third quarter. Andover Central was finally able to find some breathing room with five minutes left in the game, as RJ Bethea punched it in from four yards out to put Central up 13-3. Central was unable to convert the extra point due to a low snap, but in the end it was inconsequential.
Junior running back Ty Herrmann led the Jaguars on the ground with 25 carries for 129 yards. Central quarterback Chase White completed six passes for 44 yards and finished with a touchdown. Peyton Jensen led the Jaguar receivers with 41 yards.
The highlight of the Orioles offense was Ryan Andrews, who finished with 52 yards on the ground and also finished with one catch for 65 yards.
Andover Central will host Eisenhower (0-1) on Friday, September 7 at 7 PM, while Augusta will travel up the road to Towanda to take on the Thunderbirds (0-1).