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PHOTO GALLERY: Wildcat Fever!
Readers submit their favorite pictures from the Richmond Hill Wildcats' winning season
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Labeled as underdogs throughout the playoffs, the Richmond Hill High School football Wildcats have done nothing but win, again and again. And now as they host the fourth-round game this Friday, one step closer to a state title,  the playoff success is creating a buzz.

Friday is Black and Gold Day in Richmond Hill, announced the Richmond Hill-Bryan County Chamber of Commerce.

“Wear, display and share your Wildcat spirit this Friday. We want to see ‘Go Wildcats’ on marquees and Black & Gold displays all over town!”

Richmond Hill Mayor Russ Carpenter, on behalf of the city council, officially declared Friday as Black & Gold Day, with a proclamation honoring the team. See proclamation below.

With their thrilling 16-14 win over Valdosta last week, and previous playoff wins over Lanier, and M.L. King, the Wildcats moved to 9-3 on the season, advancing to the football semifinals for the first time.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wildcat Stadium, the local team again finds itself as a 7-point underdog against Allatoona, the number two seed from Region 6-A and 10-2-1 on the season.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, and $13 for students. Tickets may be purchased in advance at First Bank of Coastal Georgia or Plantation Lumber. You can also buy tickets at the gate.

The game is so big in Richmond Hill that the Chili Cook-off at J.F. Gregory Park had its time moved up to accommodate the folks who need to get to the game. On social media, tailgate parties, beginning at 5:30 p.m. have been announced.

Also, the Bryan County Schools is offering shuttle bus service from J.F. Gregory Park and the elementary schools to the game., beginning at 5:30 p.m. A map of the shuttle schedule is located at the bottom of this page.

On our Facebook page, we asked our readers to submit their best Wildcat Fever photos. Thanks to all who shared. We’ve assembled dozens here and a select few made it into Thursday's newspaper.

Click on the photos below to begin your slideshow.



Whereas, the hard work, dedication, sportsmanship, talent and exceptional team chemistry of the 2019 Richmond Hill High School Wildcats football team has enabled these students to advance to the semifinals of the playoffs; and

Whereas, advancing as far as they have has brought honor to Richmond Hill High School and the county of Bryan with local and state attention; and

Whereas, the Wildcats have been able to unite the community and draw fans from across Bryan County and surrounding communities to follow their playoff journey; and

Whereas, the entire coaching staff, band members, cheerleaders, parents, faculty and student body at Richmond Hill High School were integral in guiding the team to their advancement in the playoffs through their unwavering support; and

Now, therefore, I, Russ Carpenter, Mayor of the City of Richmond Hill, do hereby recognize and commend the Richmond Hill High School Wildcats and their 2019 team on their outstanding accomplishment this year; and

Further, I urge all citizens in the City of Richmond Hill to join me in recognizing and celebrating the team’s achievement and wish the members of this team continued success on the gridiron and in the classroom;

I, Mayor Russ Carpenter, do hereby declare Friday, December 6, 2019 to be “Black & Gold Day” throughout the City and encourage all residents to show support by wearing black and gold and attending the game. Adopted, this 3rd day of December, 2019.

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The shuttle bus schedule.
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