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Cats pull out win, Skins fall
Maurice Smith, No. 4, and Troy Watley, No. 75, block for Kasey Green as he looks to pass during Richmond Hill's 31-20 win at South Effingham Friday night. - photo by Bryan Browning

Richmond Hill scored twice in the last five minutes of the game Friday to pull out a 31-20 win at South Effingham while Bryan County fell 42-7 against Benedictine.

Trailing 20-17 late in the fourth quarter, Aaron Bedgood returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown to give the Wildcats a 24-20 lead. Maurice Smith scored from five yards out for Richmond Hill a few minutes later to seal the win.

The Wildcats, now 5-0, have a bye Friday before starting Region 2-AAAAAA play on Oct. 13 at Bradwell Institute.

Richmond Hill led 10-7 after the first quarter thanks to a six-yard pass from Kasey Green to Sam James. Joseph Petrino added the extra point and then hit a 33-yard field goal. James also caught a 14-yard touchdown from Green in the third quarter.

Green was 14-for-22 on the night for 169 yards, while James had nine catches for 103 yards. Smith ran 16 times for 108 yards. Bedgood had 162 punt return yards total.

Ruii Hernandez led the Wildcat defense with 11 tackles. The Mustangs had taken the lead in the fourth quarter after scoring on a blocked punt from 10 yards out, but the Richmond Hill defense held South Effingham twice late in the game from inside the red zone.

Bryan County, meanwhile, fell behind to Benedictine 28-0 less than two minutes into its game, falling to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in Region 2-AA.

The Cadets, ranked No. 1 in AA in the state, needed just five plays to score four touchdowns early in the first quarter in a game played at Savannah State University. The Redskins scored in the fourth quarter on an 18-yard pass from Gage Hagan to Bodi Dammerell.

Bryan County, which was to have a bye this week, hosts Toombs County at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The game was rescheduled from Sept. 15 due to Hurricane Irma.

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