By MICHAEL ALEXANDER, Staff Photographer | Published September 11, 2008
Playing its football games at Morgan Falls Park this year, the Holy Spirit Preparatory football team won its first game of the season in impressive fashion with a 37-6 win over Dawson Street Christian of LaGrange. Holy Spirit’s defense led the charge, scoring the team’s first points on a safety when freshman Andy Moots tackled Dawson Street Christian’s Nick Dantzler in his end zone. The first offensive touchdown was scored with 2:13 remaining in the first quarter. Holy Spirit freshman running back Ryan Casey fumbled on the goal line, but junior offensive lineman Constantine Giannopoulos recovered the ball in the end zone. Holy Spirit scored its second touchdown with 7:13 remaining in the second quarter on a 4-yard run by senior tailback Ben Watson. On the ensuing kickoff Dawson Street Christian’s Raphael Mitchell ran across the field and up the left sideline for a 65-yard touchdown, which made the score 16-6. Holy Spirit scored its final touchdown of the half when quarterback Curtis Johnson connected with wide receiver James Turner on a leaping catch in the end zone.
Holding a 17-point lead going into the third quarter, Holy Spirit cranked up the offensive machine once again in the second half. Johnson threw two more touchdown passes, one to Tre’ Blanchard for 34 yards and another one to Turner for 35 yards. Turner also had nine tackles and one interception on a defense that held its opponents scoreless for the remainder of the game. Johnson finished with 57 yards rushing, 92 yards passing, three touchdown passes, and a 2-point conversion.
Holy Spirit (1-1) travels to Fairburn to take on Arlington Christian School Friday, Sept. 12.
Blessed Trinity High School, Roswell, defeated Riverwood High School, Atlanta, on the road 42-14. Senior quarterback Kohl Hegetschweiler connected on 12 of his 14 throws for 266 yards, including four touchdown passes. Wide receiver Jake Skole was on the receiving end of three of those touchdown passes and finished with eight catches for 224 yards. Running backs Sam Burkhalter and Bruce Johnson each added a rushing touchdown.
Sophomore linebacker Jimmy Horton led the defense with 14 tackles and two fumble recoveries. Blessed Trinity (2-0) is idle until they face Washington-Wilkes High School of Washington at home Friday, Sept. 19.
Pinecrest Academy, Cumming, and Windsor Academy of Macon were tied 14-14 at halftime, but Windsor scored 20 unanswered points in the first 6:09 of the third quarter, and Pinecrest never recovered as they fell 34-14. Pinecrest (1-1) returns home to play another Macon school, Mount de Sales Academy, Friday, Sept. 12.