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Cadets spoil Wildcat homecoming 32-7
On a field more suited for mud wrestling than football - Richmond Hill was outsloshed on the ground by a good Benedictine running game and lost the homecoming match 32-7. - photo by Terry Logan
Coach Brian Brocato had to be thinking the rain filled week that preceded his teams homecoming game against Benedictine, at a very muddy Wildcat Field, would be conditions that would play in his teams favor. After all, Richmond Hill’s wishbone offense and "up the gut" running backs were made for this kind of track. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, so was the Cadets offense.
Benedictine used a trio of running backs to outdistance Richmond Hill and spoil their homecoming 32-7.
Cadet Sophomore Caleb Collins' 192 yards of rushing in the first half and two first quarter touchdown runs of 56 and 67 yards set the tone early and had the Wildcats in a 15-0 hole before the sparse homecoming crowd had settled in their seats.
On the two long runs it appeared that once Collins got beyond the line of scrimmage the defense was powerless to make the angles needed to cut him off as he slashed his way through the secondary and simply outran the field to the goal line.
Richmond Hill would make some adjustments defensively to slow down Collins but now needed to get on the board.
Finally Brocato had his backfield back from injuries that have plagued them all season and Darius Postell would lead the way.
Richmond Hill started their drive at their own 34-yard line and picked up their first three first downs of the night just before the first period ended. Postell's 22-yard gain and a 9-yard pick up on a Xavier Owens to Alarec Lindqvist pass play were key.
Owens scrambled for 10 yards to move the ball to the 12 and then Postell picked up the first and goal with back to back runs at the 3-yard line. Two plays later Postell scored and Zach Alltop's extra point kick gave the Wildcat faithful some new life.
The Cadets tacked on a 37-yard field goal by Daniel Fischer before the half ended. Field conditions were taking their toll on both sides and even the homecoming court had to be moved to the stands for their festivities.
Richmond Hill opened the second half with a couple more drives set up by good field position on the kickoff then a fumble recovery by Manny Garcia. Both ended when the Wildcats were unable to convert on fourth down, the second when Owens slipped down in the mud on a failed pass attempt.
The Cadet bench had elected to sit Collins down in the second half but were using the ground game of freshman John Williams and sophomore Cameron White to pick up the slack. Both backs combined on the scoring drive with White going in from the 3-yard line with 7:36 remaining in the game.
The Cadets scored their final touchdown on an A.J. DeFilippis to Matt Janufka 43-yard touchdown pass after Richmond Hill had called timeout to save clock on a third and long. Richmond Hill would put some of their future on display in the next possession.
Back up quarterback Matt Williams added 57 yards of passing, completing three for eight as that final minute ran down and the Wildcats moved the ball to the 10-yard line before the clock ran out.
Richmond Hill dropped its record to 1-7, 0-3 in Region 3-AAA South. They will host Burke County next Friday. The Bears were 22-20 winners over South Effingham this week.     
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