Led by a solid defensive effort and some big plays running the ball, the Lions picked up a quality victory at the Warriors’ home field.
The Lions (2-0) ran for 151 yards as a team and scored three rushing touchdowns while shutting out Westminster in the second half for the victory.
Franklin Labady led Champagnat with 15 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown.
Sophomore quarterback Kato Nelson threw for 150 yards on 11 of 21 attempts, converted two 2-point conversions and ran for a 38-yard score that gave the Lions an 8-7 lead in the second quarter that they wouldn’t relinquish.
“It was a big win for us, but we know our big game is when we face the district and play Dade Christian,” Champagnat coach Mike Tunsil said. “We were able to wear them down and you can tell because this is the first year that we have more than 30 kids on the roster.”
Westminster Christian (1-1) struck first when quarterback Hunter Boyette found receiver Devonaire Clarington for a 10-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter.
But the Lions’ defense never let the Warriors score again sacking Boyette eight times in the game and limiting Westminster Christian to 20 yards rushing.
Champagnat also contained Westminster’s passing game despite of the absence of senior defensive back Michael Johnson, who Tunsil said is expected to be out for the next few weeks with a shoulder injury.
The Lions forced a pair of turnovers including an interception by Darnell Salomon and a fumble recovery by Michael Frederick.