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Wildcats take care of business in opener

POSTED: August 26, 2011 5:17 p.m.
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Fiddling around with new camera I caught Casey Jones of WJCL filming the RHHS cheerleaders .... nice shot. Daytime photography is so easy, even I can usually do it.

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Quick thoughts on Friday night's RHHS-Johnson game.

The good:

Richmond Hill looked to be the more talented and better coached team against Johnson in the season opener on Thursday. That's how a team should look in a 27-0 win. The Wildcats have a good collection of running backs and quarterback Dominique Allen looks like a good fit for the team's option oriented attack. Basically, the Wildcats took care of business.

The bad: Apart from a handful of turnovers, there was no bad for RHHS. The Wildcats played well on both sides of the ball. The Richmond Hill defense was terrific. I was impressed with the play of inside linebackers Connor Beeson and Trey Thomas, especially.
And, as lopsided as the score was, you had to give it to the Atomsmashers for a gutty performance. Johnson has some athletes, but they suffer from the same shortcomings that hit a lot of schools in the area - no feeder system and small coaching staffs.

The ugly: Me, for posting that Richmond Hill won 30-0. I don't know if it's age or if it was the fact I went and asked an official at what point did the running clock start (he told me it had to be 30-0 at the start of the fourth quarter) but somehow I wound up putting up 30-0 and that's embarrassing. I always poke fun at WTOC's Fabulous Football Fridays or whatever they call it for their habit of getting scores wrong and then here I go doing the same thing.

The play of the game: The 60-yard kickoff return from Kennard Sutton, obviously. Until then, Johnson trailed only 7-0 and was very much in the game. But a two-touchdown hole was too deep for the Atomsmashers to dig out of.

He said it: Coach Lyman Guy was gracious in victory - and it was good to see a coach find a kid from the other team and tell him how well he played - but noted that the Atomsmashers aren't the type of competition the Wildcats will face down the road.

Neither, for that matter, is Savannah High. The Wildcats face the Blue Jackets next week and Savannah is coming off a 66-0 loss to Camden County.

The key for Richmond Hill is to continue to improve so that once Region 2A-AAAA play comes around the Wildcats are ready to survive in the deep end of the pool .

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