Richmond Hill High School won its first Region 3-AAAAA game of the season on Friday night, with an exclamation point.
The Wildcats ran past Glynn Academy 47-28 at Glynn County Memorial Stadium to improve to 4-0 overall.
“Anytime you give a team two weeks to prepare for our offense and you’re able to put that much points up, it’s a testament to how hard our kids are working,” said RHHS coach Lyman Guy.
The lopsided victory was something of a surprise, given the Wildcats’ narrow win last year over the Red Terrors, a squad many had projected as the region’s No. 2 team this fall. It also sends the Wildcats into homecoming week with their perfect record intact - though Guy seemed less than thrilled about the celebrations surrounding the annual event.
“I’m just a business as usual type person,” he said, noting the Wildcats put together a “solid” performance against the Red Terrors, who slipped to 1-3 overall.
“I felt like we probably could’ve done a little better job on special teams, but those are things we can fix,” he said. “Overall we played pretty well.”
Senior quarterback Nick Fitzgerald’s game didn’t need repair. The Mississippi State commit had a hand in seven touchdowns - rushing for five and throwing for two.
He finished with 27 carries for 162 yards and completed 2-of-5 passes, with both going for TDs. Running back Michael Clark caught one of the TD passes, receiver Byron Vick grabbed the other.
Zhane Roberts led the team’s defense with 15 tackles.
The Wildcats now take on winless Groves, another Savannah school struggling to find success. The Rebels have only scored 15 points in four games, but Guy said Richmond Hill can’t afford to take them lightly.
“They’ve kind of struggled a little bit, but Coach (Greg) Hunter is a quality coach and he’s doing an excellent job,” Guy said. “I’m looking for them to have some wrinkles and things ready for us so we’re going to have to play well.”