As far as high school football scrimmages go, Friday night’s game at Richmond Hill against Jenkins was exactly what Wildcat Coach Matt LeZotte expected.
“We played a lot of guys a lot of reps,” he said. “It was exciting to see so many of our guys compete.”
The teams traded possessions with no kickoffs, no punt returns and no rushes on kicks. Richmond Hill’s starters sat for most of the last 12-minute quarter.
“We’re still trying to find the right mix on the offensive and defensive lines, but we’ve had a lot of growth since spring ball,” LeZotte said.
Richmond Hill scored first on a keeper by quarterback Brian Hughes which was set up by a 12-yard pass from Hughes to Sam James. Joseph Petrino hit the extra point and then a 32-yard field goal to give the Wildcats a 10-0 lead.
Jenkins scored in the third quarter on a long pass after facing third down and 22 from its own 30 to make it 10-7. Petrino followed that with a 52-yard field goal to put Richmond Hill up 13-7, but Jenkins hit two field goals of its own, including one for the tie with about four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats also had several long punts, leading LeZotte to call the kicking game his team’s strong suit.
Richmond Hill opens the season Aug. 26 with a home game at 7:30 p.m. against Southeast Bulloch.
“We’ve got two weeks to keep working,” LeZotte said. “We’ll mix and match and see what the best fit is for each position.”
Be sure to see the Bryan County News football tab in the Aug. 25 edition.