BRUNSWICK, GA -- Doomed from the beginning.
The Richmond Hill Wildcats (2-5, 2-2 Region 2-6A) made the trip to No. 8 Brunswick (8-0, 4-0 Region 2-6A) and couldn’t get the ball rolling from the beginning.
The Wildcats put together a total of 163 yards while giving up 302 to their opponents in a 42-7 region loss.
The Wildcats defense came out stingy, forcing a three and out from Brunswick on the game’s first drive.
But they got themselves behind early, turning the ball over on their first two possession, both leading to scores by Brunswick.
First, Ty Goldrick was sacked by a Brunswick defender, losing the ball before Jameer Lang picked the ball up and returned the punt for 33 yards.
On the kickoff, Tommy Bliss lost the ball on the Wildcats’ nine leading to Brunswick to jump on it and score three plays later on a one-yard touchdown run by Chuckobe Hill.
These Brunswick touchdowns were within a minute of each other.
“The first four minutes killed us,” Wildcats Head Coach Matt LeZotte said about the early mistakes. “It’s tough when get down that fast to a team like this.”
Coming into the second quarter in the middle of a Brunswick drive, Hill rushed on another touchdown - this time for 22 yards on the first play of the quarter, taking a 21-0 lead.
Before the half, Brunswick scored on a two-play drive with two passes from Sutton Ellis and Kevin Thomas.
The scoring play would come in a 28-yard reception by Thomas.
Out of halftime, Brunswick scored one of their two second half touchdowns.
Set up by a big completion to the goal line from Jeffery Waye to TJ Mitchell, Ree Simmons scored on a 1-yard run to go up 35-0.
The Wildcats finally got on the board with a little over four minutes remaining in the third quarter after they capitalized off an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by Brunswick.
Caleb Easterling got a snap and rushed for an 8-yard score to get his Wildcats on the board for the first and only time of the night.
Before the third quarter ended, Brunswick scored once more on a rush by Jayden Drayton.
“They’re not 42-7 better than us,” LeZotte said about the big deficit loss. “I hate it for our guys to lose to a team like this like that.”
The Wildcats now have their sights set on Glynn Academy who will visit them next week in a Region 2-6A that could hold playoff implications.
“Back to practice. Back to get better. Back to go get it,” LeZotte said about next week’s game. “We’ll be just fine. We got to focus on the next opponent.”