Photos: Blues Open New Field With Win

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Asheville, N.C. (September 23, 2018) – On Friday night, the Asheville School Blues opened their new football facility with a convincing win over Statesville Christian, 54-0. With the victory, the Blues moved to a 4-1 record while the Lions dropped to 0-3. The outcome was a dramatic reversal of last year’s result when the Blues dropped a 53-7 decision to the Lions.

“My hat really goes off to our assistant coaches,” said Blues’ head coach Gus Schill after the game. “They all just helped put together a wonderful game plan.”

Senior Uchenna Ikwuakor led Asheville School with 163 yards on the ground and three rushing touchdowns. On the year, Ikwuakor has 457 yards rushing and averages 7.1 yards per carry. Junior quarterbacks Chris Hemphill and Connor Davis each threw for a touchdown for the Blues, while Hemphill also returned a punt for a touchdown late in the game.

“The kids played so hard. They played with joy and excitement,” added Schill. 

The larger story of the night was the opening of the $3 million multi-sport facility at Asheville School. Construction of the venue began in May of this year and continued through a late spring and summer that were marked by historically heavy rains, including those resulting from this month’s Hurricane Florence. 

“It’s obviously exciting to see it all come together, and to see our students, faculty, and families all out here enjoying the atmosphere on a Friday night,” said athletic director and head basketball coach, Carl Boland.

Asheville School hosts Charlotte’s Hickory Grove Christian (1-4) next Friday at 7 p.m. The Lions are fellow members of the NCISAA Western Football Conference.

(photos Asheville School (aerial) / Blake Madden (field-level)) / Asheville Citizen-Times article by T. Flynn)

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College football by Fieldhouse’s Tom Flynn: (NYT, WSJ)