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Wildcats have talent to get past first round, coach says

BI's Walsh says team looks capable of advancing

POSTED: October 31, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Though the Wildcats playoff fortunes are still up in the air, one coach who believes Richmond Hill High School could make some noise if they get in is Bradwell Institute coach Jim Walsh Jr.

“They’re definitely getting better,” said Walsh, now in his 19th year at BI. “They’ve got a good football team. I don’t know what the situation is with their seniors and that kind of thing, but they’re going to have a shot at getting pretty deep in the playoffs.”

Walsh has been to the playoffs 11 times while at BI and has two more trips under his belt from his six years at Johnson. Seven of his teams have gotten past the first round but all lost in the second round, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association website.

“That’s kind of what you look for, that opportunity to get to the second and third round,” he said. “You get there, now you got your shot. But in coaching we know the hardest game to win in the postseason is that first one. It’s hard to win that first one.”

Richmond Hill, however, might be ready now to get past that hurdle and into the second round.
“I think they have the type of kids who can do it, but we’ll just have to see how it goes,” Walsh said.

Richmond Hill plays at Jenkins on Friday night -- the game is in Garden City -- then takes on Windsor Forest to end the season on Nov. 8 at Memorial.

The Wildcats, Glynn Academy and Jenkins all have 3-2 records, but Richmond Hill has already beaten Glynn 20-17. Ware County is in first place with a 5-0 record while Effingham County is 4-1. The top four teams advance to the state playoffs.


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