All things considered, Richmond Hill High School had a pretty good night Friday against visiting Bradwell Institute.
The Wildcats not only celebrated senior night with a 49-0 win over the once mighty Tigers, they also stayed in the hunt for a trip to the state Class AAAAA playoffs.
In the process, the program reached a milestone of sorts as the Wildcats (6-2, 3-2 Region 3-AAAAA) equaled their win total from 2011 with two games left to play.
"That’s important for us," RHHS coach Lyman Guy said. "We want to improve our win total and get a signature win each year as we move the program forward."
The Wildcats wasted little time moving forward against BI, which fell to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in the region. Richmond Hill scored on its first four possessions, all of which began inside the BI 50.
The Wildcats scored first when senior quarterback Dominique Allen ran 32 yards for a touchdown on the team’s fifth play from scrimmage, then again when Allen floated a 32-yard TD pass to senior receiver Hank Ferendo barely four minutes later.
David Katzman picked up the team’s third TD shortly after that on a 13-yard run with 1:04 left in the opening quarter, then Allen found junior running back Allen Clark on a 17-yard TD pass to start the second quarter.
But that was all the scoring Richmond Hill would do until early in the fourth quarter, when what wheels BI had left fell completely off.
First, junior quarterback Nick Fitzgerald plunged 1-yard for a TD to cap a drive that began at the RHHS 30 after the Tigers turned the ball over on downs then drew 25 yards worth of penalties while also causing the ejection of veteran coach Jim Walsh Jr.
Seconds later, junior linebacker Demetrius Williams picked off a BI pass and returned it 20 yards for the TD. Then, Fitzgerald picked up his second touchdown of the night later in the quarter on a 10-yard run.
In between was nearly a half in which neither team could do much with the football.
Read full story in Oct. 31 issue of Bryan County News.