The George Walton Academy student section chanted “Aaron Philo” repeatedly in the second quarter last week, trying to slow down Philo and the Prince Avenue Christian offense.
It didn’t work, and the Wolverines notched their seventh-straight win with a 61-0 victory over George Walton. The win marks the Wolverines’ second shutout and largest margin of victory of the season.
Philo, Prince Avenue Christian’s quarterback, credited the work done by his receivers for the successful night.
“I think it was just our spacing on offense,” Philo said. “Coach V said if we do our job then we should roll through this team because we’ve been rolling the past weekends.”
The Wolverine offense kept the pressure on the Bulldogs in the first half.
Philo scored four touchdowns in the first quarter, finding four different receivers to finish the plays in the end zone.
The first quarter alone covered 129 yards on touchdown passes.
Philo and Bailey Stockton opened up the second quarter by connecting for their second touchdown, totaling 58 yards between the two receptions.
Elijah Dewitt scored the only rushing touchdown of the night, slipping into the end zone from the 1-yard line with seven minutes until halftime on the clock.
The Bulldog students continued their taunting chants toward Philo, but to no avail.
The Wolverines weren’t quite done showing off in the half.
Nick Hurley blocked a George Walton punt, which the Wolverines recovered. It set up a 12-yard touchdown pass to Josh Britt.
Kicker Bryson Franklin closed out the half with a 45-yard field goal, his season high. The Wolverines showed no hesitation by the half, leading 52-0.
Philo sat out the second half, allowing freshman quarterbacks Titus Watkins and Forrest Ross to enter the field. They covered 38 and 33 passing yards, respectively, along with 22 and 12 rushing yards.
While Watkins and Ross didn’t score touchdowns, their offensive work set up Franklin within field goal range.
Franklin added three more field goals throughout the second half from distances of 22, 18 and 28 yards. Franklin finished the game with 19 points, his highest of the season. His efficient work ended the game 61-0.
Philo finished his game with six touchdowns, his most in a single game this season. He covered 318 passing yards in the first half alone.
Despite the quarterback change, the Prince offense didn’t hesitate or stumble under the direction of new players. It was an opportunity to get more players on the field and prevent injuries to key starters.
Even with new hands on the ball, head coach Greg Vandagriff had one goal for Friday’s game.
“We just wanted to execute. Get all the guys clicking on the same cylinders, doing the right thing,” Vandagriff said. “Biggest thing is we just wanted to do our base stuff, execute well and get out uninjured.”
Vandagriff and Philo credit their work in practice for the continued improvement in each week’s game.
“A combination of consistency over the last seven, eight weeks,” Vandagriff said. “Just continuing to get better every week. The defense played really well [against George Walton] and, the offense, it’s hard to complain.”
“I feel like we placed an emphasis on our lines,” Philo said. “I think we have one of the best lines in the state of Georgia right now, even though we’re a little small.”
With only two regular season games left, the Wolverines have to look at the details if they hope to return to the state championship.
“We just gotta focus on the rest of those two games and then we just gotta get ready for the playoffs, be as healthy as we can and as ready as we can,” Stockton said.
Prince Avenue hosts Loganville Christian Academy this Friday, Oct. 22, for the school’s homecoming game before finishing the regular season at Athens Christian.