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Wildcats, Redskins both drop region games
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Richmond Hill's Lachlan Holt blocks for Maurice Smith during Friday night's 57-27 home loss to Glynn Academy. - photo by Bryan Browning

Richmond Hill and Bryan County both dropped region games at home Friday night.

The Wildcats held Friday's game against Glynn Academy close until halftime, trailing 28-17, but the Terrors scored three times within five minutes to open the second half and put the game out of reach in a 57-27 win. 

Richmond Hill is now 1-1 in Region 2-AAAAAA and 6-1 overall and has another region game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Brunswick.

The Terrors potent offense, led by Miami signee DeeJay Dallas, struck first and scored less than two minutes into the game on a one-yard run and extra point.

The Wildcats dug deep in their bag of plays 47 seconds later and tied the score on something of a razzle dazzle play.

Quarterback Kasey Green took the snap and pitched it to Aaron Bedgood. Rather than running it, though, Bedgood looked downfield and found Sam James open for the touchdown. Joseph Petrino split the uprights and the score was tied.

Glynn answered by marching down the field to score on a 41-yard run. The PAT was good and the Terrors led by seven.

That lead wouldn't stand for long. A one-yard run by Maurice Smith with five minutes left in the second quarter and a good PAT tied the score at 14.

With the first quarter ticking away, Glynn Academy took it in three yards to score and give them a 21-14 lead.

The Wildcats, however, were not done putting first half points on the board.

They followed another Terror rushing touchdown and PAT with a 33-yard Petrino field goal to put the Wildcats within striking distance at the half.

Glynn Academy, however, scored three touchdowns and added a two-point conversion during a five-minute stretch in the third quarter to take a 50-17 lead.

The Wildcats managed a 42-yard score by Smith near the end of the third quarter, and Petrino's point after brought the score to 50-24.

 A fourth-quarter score by Glynn on a 36-yard completion was the last points for the Terrors on the night, and a 43-yard field goal by Petrino brought the final tally to 57-27.the Terrors.

Richmond Hill Coach Matt LeZotte was not happy after the game.

“I thought we played extremely poorly,” he said. “To play at the caliber that Glynn and the rest of our region is playing, we have to play much better. We’ve got to work on the small things.”

LeZotte added that “we didn't do much tackling or blocking tonight. We'll work on that this coming week.”

For the game, Green was 15-for-32 passing for 139 yards, while Smith ran the ball 20 times for 118 yards and two scores. Same James had four catches for 97 yards and a touchdown, and Zach Lathrop made five catches for 44 yards. James also had 10 tackles on defense.

Jeff Davis 15, Bryan County 7

The Redskins fell to 2-5 overall and 1-4 in Region 2-AA with a homecoming loss to the Yellowjackets. Bryan County entered the game needing to win two of its last three games to make the region playoffs.

Jeff Davis took a 9-0 lead at halftime on a touchdown and field goal, although the Redskins blocked the extra point and another field goal attempt. The Yellowjackets scored again in the third quarter to take a 15-0 lead but were stopped short on the two-point conversion.

“It’s disappointing because we had a prime opportunity,” Coach Allen Cartwright said. “Now we’re on the outside looking in.”

After Nick Markles hauled in his second interception of the night, Bryan County scored with under four minutes left in the game on a 12-yard pass from Gage Hagan to Kimonti Murray. Christian Thomas added the extra point.

Murray recovered Thomas’s on-side kick with 3:30 to go but Bryan County had to punt. The Redskins got the ball back again with 1:30 on the clock but could not convert.

“It’s been the case all year that we’re young, especially on the offensive line,” Cartwright said. “A lot of them are sophomores, but that means we have them for a couple more years and we’ll just keep working and look ahead to brighter days.”

Bryan County finished with 97 yards rushing, including 52 from Willie Lavant. The Redskins are at Bacon County at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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