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MAC Attack: Northside dominate Wildcats in 6A matchup
Ty Goldrick
Ty Goldrick hands the ball of to Ryan Dekle - photo by Gerald Thomas III

WARNER ROBINS, GA — Still no dice for the Wildcats.

The Richmond Hill Wildcats traveled to Warner Robins to take on the Northside Eagles.

The Eagles would avenge their 2020 loss to the Wildcats by thwarting them 43-7 in McConnell-Talbert Stadium, dropping Richmond Hill to 0-3.

Unforced errors was was the story of the night for the Wildcats.

The game was rocky from the beginning for the them, giving up 21 unanswered points in just the final four minutes of the first quarter.

After matching to the goal line, the Eagles scored on a scramble by Damien Dee to strike first.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Eagles squib kicked the ball to the Wildcats, getting the bounce before Rico Ogburn recovered it.

This gave the Eagles a short field to work with, eventually scoring off a Dee pass to Centavious Lowe.

Dee and Lowe would connect for a score once again before the end of the first for a 43-yard touchdown right before the conclusion of the first quarter.

“It was a copy and paste of what happened at our place last year but we were on the bad side of it,” Wildcats head coach Matt LeZotte said after the game. “Sometimes luck is against you and your back’s against the wall.”

The Wildcats came out in the second quarter and decided to put some points on the board, putting together a drive before finishing it off with Ty Goldrick hitting Nick Bliss on an out route for a 5-yard score.

On the following drive, the Wildcats allowed the Eagles to get to the goal line and would get so close to make a stand.

Choosing to go for it on fourth down, the Eagles finally broke through for the score on a run by Duke McClinton to put them up 28-7.

The Wildcats tried to get a score before the half but they couldn’t get a play off after they drove down to the Eagles’ 20.

Coming into the second half, the Wildcats would have the first possession.

But it was short lived with Goldrick throwing his first of four interceptions.

No scores were made in the quarter.

The Eagles added 15 more points on the board in the fourth quarter, capitalizing off three more Goldrick interceptions, including one that went for a touchdown by Ogburn.

“We got some things to clean up,” LeZotte said. “They got a couple scores late. Offensively, we didn’t help out and defensively, we didn’t tackle it up. That makes for a long night. If we weren’t as good as we are, the score would’ve been a lot worse. Believe that. A lot of bad things happened. We got to make a commitment to getting better. We’ll be better next week.”

It will be region time next week for the Wildcats as they host Bradwell Institute next week for homecoming.

“Our job on homecoming is to put a product out there and go win the football game,” LeZotte said. “We’re going to dial it in and go get it. Our seniors are going to step up and show leadership and an example of what it’s supposed to look like to be competitive in region play. We’re going to handle business.”

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