Augusta was unable to match Buhler’s dominant run game on Friday night as the Crusaders ran away with a 34-6 win at Hillier Stadium.
The Orioles scored first, thanks to a 39-yard field goal by Tyler Kohls with 6 minutes left in the first quarter. With 25 seconds remaining in the opening quarter, Buhler took the lead on a 25-yard touchdown pass form Colton Goans to Ian Stubbs.
Buhler added to its lead when Colton Goans found Briggam McCurdy for a 24-yard touchdown pass on fourth and long. With three minutes left in the half, Goans scored again, this time with his legs. Following the extra point, Buhler led 21-3.
Augusta quickly drove down the field and took the ball inside the five yard line. The Orioles ran out of time and were forced to kick a field goal as the final seconds of the second half ran off the clock, going to the locker room trailing 21-6.
Neither team was able to score in the third quarter.
Buhler increased their lead and began to pull away on another one-yard touchdown run by Colton Goans with 7:11 left in the game. The Oriole offense continued to struggle, and Buhler was able to score one more touchdown, a 25-yard run by Austin Gentry to give the Crusaders a 34-6 lead in the final minutes.
Augusta sophomore running back Ryan Andrews led the team with 63 rushing yards on 17 carries. Justin Clausing caught two passes from Jayden Wilson for 29 yards.
“We’ve got a young team, and they’ve got a lot to learn,” said Augusta head coach Jason Filbeck.
“We’ve had a lot of issues understanding that the little things matter. We missed opportunities… We should capitalize when we get them behind the chains. Their strength is running the ball so when we get them in a long down and distance, we have to finish the drive on defense. On offense, we have to make plays when the ball is in our hands.”
Augusta will look to get back on track as they travel to Wellington (2-1) on Friday, Sept. 21.