Richmond Hill remained undefeated, beating Bradwell Institute 56-28 on the road Friday, while Bryan County fell to Metter at home 28-25.
The Wildcats, now 6-0 overall and 1-0 in Region 2-AAAAA, got three first-half touchdowns from Aaron Bedgood and took a 35-7 lead over the Tigers into halftime.
“We had a great performance against a quality opponent,” Richmond Hill Coach Matt LeZotte said. “Their running game had been one of the top rushing attacks in the state at any level and we shut it down completely. I was very proud of our defense. They have played well all year.”
Bedgood ran for one score and caught two more, hauling in five passes for 125 yards total. Sam James caught seven passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns, while Matt Daniel had two receptions for 23 yards and a score.
Maurice Smith led the Wildcats on the ground with 21 carries for 153 yards and two touchdowns.
Quarterback Kasey Green was 19-for-25 for 334 yards and four touchdowns.
Nico DeCosta led the Richmond Hill defense with 11 tackles and a sack.
The Wildcats play at 7:30 p.m. next Friday at Glynn Academy, which is 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the region. Glynn beat Effingham County 48-27 in its first region game and downed Brunswick 26-13 Friday in a game the Brunswick News said was for the region title.
“Of course they think the region title was last night in Brunswick,” LeZotte said. “No one else in our region has done anything to question that statement. We need to play extremely well to win against a well-established program like Glynn Academy. It will be a great measuring stick for us heading down to disrupt the balance in our region Friday night.
“For us to be the program that we want to be we need to start winning games that we’re not supposed to win,” LeZotte added.
The Redskins, now 0-6 overall and 0-4 in Region 2-AA, play at Jeff Davis at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
“The kids really played hard against Metter,” Bryan County Coach Mario Mincey said. “It was homecoming and we really wanted to play better than last week. I was pleased with our offensive production and we got some big stops on defense. We just had a few bad breaks that resulted in us coming up short.”
Terron Dixon had 185 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns for the Redskins and added four tackles on defense. Quarterback Gage Hagan added a rushing touchdown and had 99 yards passing, while Timmy Johnson had a two-yard TD.
T'Ounte Lonon and Traivuan Sanders lead the defense with a combined 14 tackles.
“It was great to see the community come out to support our young men,” Mincey said. “The excitement around the school and community was something special this week.”