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Wildcats take scrimmage 23-0

POSTED: August 4, 2017 10:56 p.m.
Ted O'Neil/

Richmond Hill Coach Matt LeZotte leads his team toward the field before Friday night's scrimmage against Islands High with, left to right: Quinton Lavant (99), D.J. Lewis (11) and Will Huffstutler (45).

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The Richmond Hill football team scored 17 points in the second half en route to a 23-0 win at home Friday night in a controlled scrimmage with Islands High School.

Wildcats Coach Matt LeZotte said it was about what he expected from a scrimmage, and gives the team plenty to work on before their Aug. 25 opener at Southeast Bulloch.

“We’ve got a lot of great teaching film,” he said. “We’ve got three weeks to study that film, break it down and learn from it.”

Richmond Hill scored once in the first half on a 10-yard pass from Kasey Green to Aaron Bedgood with four minutes left in the second quarter. The scrimmage guidelines did not allow for point-after attempts or field goals in the first half.

Joseph Petrino made it 9-0 in the third quarter with a 40-yard field goal, followed by a 60-yard touchdown pass from Sheldon Lewis to Matt Daniel. Petrino’s PAT gave the Wildcats a 16-0 lead after three quarters.

Richmond Hill finished the scoring on a 63-yard touchdown run by Jalen Rouse, and another Petrino point after made for the 23-0 final.

The Wildcats nearly scored again with less than three minutes remaining when Le’Marqez Prather picked up a loose ball after a bad snap and ran 80 yards for the end zone, but the play was called back for an illegal block.

The format of the game was changed slightly at halftime at the request of the Islands coaches, with each team continuing to run 10-play series in the second half. The third quarter was supposed to include more live plays with punts or field goal attempts on fourth down.

“They have another scrimmage and wanted to keep working on their offense,” LeZotte said. “I would have liked to see some punt returns because Bedgood and Daniel have some speed and are very skilled returners.”

Richmond Hill’s first home game is Sept. 1 against Brantley County.

Bryan County will host Savannah Country Day in a scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

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