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Richmond Hill's Justin Jeffery en route to a touchdown in the Wildcats' season opener against Southeast Bulloch Aug. 26. - photo by Bryan Browning

After Friday’s game at Brantley County was cancelled courtesy of Tropical Storm Hermine, Wildcat Coach Matt LeZotte says this week’s game at Pierce County can come none too soon.

“Your largest improvement comes from the first game to the second game, and now we’re playing a team that’s already a game ahead of us,” he said. “The guys are eager to play.”

The Bears, a top 3A team, are 2-0 after downing Bacon County 49-6 and Beach 58-13.

“They have one of the best quarterbacks in the state,” LeZotte said. “He is just a magician with the ball.”

Stetson Bennett, a 6-foot senior, threw for 2,900 yards and 25 touchdowns last season and has at least one offer from Middle Tennessee State.

“The only reason he isn’t being recruited by bigger schools is his size,” LeZotte said.

Although last week’s game was cancelled (which won’t be made up as it was a non-region game), LeZotte said his team’s preparation won’t change much.

“Brantley and Pierce run similar schemes, so it’s mainly a matter of adjusting for their personnel,” he said.

LeZotte added that Monday’s practice was the best Monday practice the team has had this season, “maybe even the best Monday practice since I’ve been here.”

Kasey Green, who got the nod at quarterback for Richmond Hill in week one, will start again this week according to LeZotte. Green was 12-for-19 for 241 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Southeast Bulloch, including an early 80-yard strike to wide receiver Sam James.

LeZotte said Aaron Bedgood, a sophomore wide receiver who took some direct snaps against SEB in what is called a “wildcat” formation will also see some time at quarterback.

“Our biggest thing right now is playing time,” LeZotte said. “We’ve got so many guys who haven’t played much that missing a game really skews the learning curve.”

Game time Friday is 7:30 p.m.

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