A week after defeating Byne Christian, in Albany, in the season opener, Appling Christian Academy played host to the Faith Christian Crusaders, from Ludowici, at Eagle Field for the first home game of the season. It was a tough game for the home team, but the Eagles would not be denied their second win of the season winning 26-12.
The first quarter of play was a defensive battle until the 2:30 mark when Eagle quarterback Daniel Beasley hooked up with receiver Bryce Livingston driving the ball to the one-yard line of the Crusaders. On the next play Beasley tucked the ball and burst through the line for a one-yard touchdown. Junior Timothy Sexton added the two-point conversion and the score was 8-0.
Early in the second quarter, Beasley and Livingston hooked up again for an 18-yard passing touchdown. The PAT was no good and the score was 14-0 at the 10:17 mark and would remain unchanged through the remainder of the half.
Following the halftime break, Faith would finally find the end zone near the close of the third quarter. The Crusaders big fullback plowed his way through the line and scored on a 45-yard run. Faith failed to convert the PAT and the score was 14-6 at this point in the game.
The Eagles answered with a touchdown on their next possession as Beasley capped a 48-yard drive with a quarterback keeper from the Crusaders one-yard. The PAT was good and the score with 9:22 remaining in the fourth quarter was 20-6.
At the 1:30 mark in the fourth Beasley went to the air again this time finding receiver Cameron Carter who caught the ball and scampered 28 yards for the final Eagle touchdown of the night. The PAT was no good and the score was now 26-6.
With just 12 seconds remaining in the game the Crusaders scored on a pass play. The visitors failed to convert the two-point conversion and the final score was 26-12.
Appling Christian will be on the road again next week traveling to Evangel Family Christian, in Montgomery, Alabama, on Friday, August 23. The next home game for the Eagles will be August 30 against Coastal Christian, from Savannah.
Cole Livingston – 12 carries for 45 yards
Daniel Beasley – 13 carries for 37 yards
Bryant Phillips – 8 carries for 20 yards
Daniel Beasley – 19 attempts, 8 completions for 157 yards
Cole Livingston – 8 tackles, Bryce Livingston - 6 tackles and 3 sacks, Cameron Carter - 8 tackles, Daniel Beasley – 15 tackles, Bryant Phillips – 8 tackles and Reid Edwards – 10 tackles.