The first home game of the season for the Athens Christian Prep Storm was worth the christening on Saturday morning against Johnson County.
Following a 67-34 win, first year coach Shawn San Miguel said he was happy with their bounce back performance.
“It was a pretty good fight to be honest,” San Miguel said. “We came out there and we had been practicing and going through what I had talked to you about the previous week.”
The game plan consisted of playing smash mouth football as they rushed for 252 yards on 15 carries. Dillon Santelli had six carries for 161 yards and three touchdowns as he scored seven touchdowns in the win.
“Dillon Santelli stepped up and had a monster game on offense and defense,” San Miguel said. “He had seven of our touchdowns. He had strong numbers in the pre season games but had a hard time against Trinidad. He came back with a vengeance this week.”
His backup quarterback Zay Ridgle had a nice game as he went 7-of-10 passing for 154 yards and three touchdowns.
“That was my biggest concern going into the preseason because I knew I had a quarterback controversy,” San Miguel said. “They settled into their roles and Dillon is a little better runner while Zay is a better pocket passer. They both have their strengths in terms of our packages.”
The Storm looked to pick up its second win against a Leverett's Chapel team that is 1-1 on the season. ACP is 12-point underdogs to the Lions in their second straight home game.
Kickoff for the game is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Athens Christian Prep.
“They are going to be an extremely tough team. It is a pretty even matchup and unfortunately I am down one kid in Issac Ridgle, who is taking an ACT test this week,” San Miguel said. “My starting running back Trenton Adams got a concussion on Saturday so he is out for a few weeks so my backfield is going to consist of my two quarterbacks and my starting J-Back.”
The Storm will look to contain an offense that scored 72 points in a win over Karnack last week.
“We should be fine and it will come down to depth and numbers this week,” San Miguel said. “The game plan is staying the same this week and they bring three guys really good so we hope to be able to stop them.”