Dogs put hurt on Hornets in PLHS’ lopsided opener
by Scott Hopkins
Sep 22, 2011 | 1538 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In his first varsity start for Point Loma, Sam Augustine (10) completed eight passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns to lead his team to a 42-21 victory before an overflow crowd Sept. 10.           Photo by Scott Hopkins I The Beacon
In his first varsity start for Point Loma, Sam Augustine (10) completed eight passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns to lead his team to a 42-21 victory before an overflow crowd Sept. 10. Photo by Scott Hopkins I The Beacon
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In the days leading up to the Pointers’ big “Kick-Off” game Sept. 10 against Lincoln High, starting quarterback Zack Eischen was ruled out with a sprained neck.

Enter Point Loma High junior Sam Augustine.

All Augustine did in replacing Eischen was throw for 179 yards and three touchdowns while completing eight of 11 attempts in a stunning varsity debut as the Pointers defeated a persistent Lincoln squad 42-21 before an overflow crowd at Pete Ross Stadium.

The Pointers rolled up 419 yards of offense and, unlike their season-opening win against Orange Glen, passing yardage edged out rushing by a 236-183 margin.

In rolling to a 28-14 halftime advantage, scores went to fullback Eric Bueno (short run) and receivers Matt Magers (46 yards), Jamal Agnew (32 yards) and Jaivon Griffin (21 yards), all on passes from Augustine.

The second half featured two long Pointer touchdowns. The first came when Hornet defenders were fooled by a third-quarter pitchout to leading runner Griffin, who pulled up and tossed a pass to an open Magers, who outran defenders to complete the 71-yard play.

The Pointer defense struck in the final frame. When Aaron Watkins’ hit on the Hornet quarterback produced a fumble, bruising defensive end Tevin Heyward lassoed the loose leather, sprinting 85 yards for the final Pointer points.

The Dog defense recorded four sacks while the offense did not commit a turnover.

The Pointers play three consecutive games on the road before a bye week leading up to the big annual nighttime Homecoming game at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 in the team’s league opener against Hoover.
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