Fox Creek head coach Russ Schneider has waited seven years to get his sea legs.

The Predators were finally able to get in the win column against their rival, Augusta Christian, with a 27-20 win. Quarterback Deondre Baskett rushed for three touchdowns – from 79, 62 and 2 yards out.

It was the defense, however, that forced a number of key turnovers and was on the field at the pivotal moments of the game. After Baskett’s final score with 1:09 to go, a hook and ladder play by the Lions got them all the way down to the Fox Creek 17 yard line. Quarterback Hunter Beyersdoerfer fired a pass to the sideline that was picked off by Terrance Hillary to seal the game.

“It’s bittersweet for me, because Coach (Keith) Walton and I have been such good friends since high school,” Schneider said. “I played fullback, he played tailback. You want to win, but he’s still one of my best friends and I coached half of his staff when I was over there. They are such a classy program, and if we can ever get like Augusta Christian then we’ll be headed the right way. I sincerely mean that.”

Baskett scored the game’s first two touchdowns. Bryson Ashmore got the Lions on the board with a 22-yard touchdown of his own. On the ensuing kickoff, Darshon Broadwater returned the ball 99 yards to answer back. Just a few plays later, Ashmore broke loose for a 62-yard score for the game’s third score in 30 seconds.

The defenses pitched shutouts in the third quarter and Tyquan Burns of Augusta Christian ran in a 36-yard score of his own. The snap on the extra point was bobbled, however, and the Predators were able to hold on to a 21-20 lead until Baskett led the Predator offense to paydirt.

Next up for Fox Creek will be a Region 4-A showdown with Ridge Spring-Monetta on Thursday at Lions Field.

Scott Rodgers is the editor at the North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013. He is a graduate of Alvernia University and currently attends Drexel University.