Lions rout Knights in Stewart’s debut as LCA head coach

Keon McGhee (9) and Russell Brown (82) signal a Loganville Christian first down during the Lions’ victory over Bethlehem Christian on Friday night.

Keon McGhee (9) and Russell Brown (82) signal a Loganville Christian first down during the Lions’ victory over Bethlehem Christian on Friday night.

Under new head coach Patrick Stewart, Loganville Christian Academy christened a new era of football with a 47-0 win over Bethlehem Christian Academy.

“I was most impressed by our relentless effort. Our goal was a shut-out and to establish a new culture to LCA football,” Stewart said.

The Lions scored two touchdowns in each of the first three quarters and a final one on the first play of the first quarter to avenge last year’s 35-28 loss to the Knights.

Stars of the Game: Honors to go Keon McGhee, who had nine carries for 168 yards. Four different Lions reached the end zone. Josh Ruder, Hunter Hampton and Lajalan Stephens made timely interceptions and Austin Coleman picked up a blocked punt and ran it in from 25 yards out for a score.

Other key contributors: Jordan Jackson (2 touchdowns), JR Curly (2 touchdowns), Cameron Lifsey both sides of the ball, and the entire offensive line (helped Lions gain over 300 yards rushing)

Play of the Game: As prolific and the LCA offense was on the night, it was the defense who, when backed up their own 4-yard line, managed to preserve the shutout.

What’s Next: LCA (1-0) plays host to Creekside Christian Acad­emy (McDonough) and Bethlehem Christian (0-1) travels to Briarwood Academy.