Ravon Grant needs five receptions to surpass Sam James’ school record 119 and that—and pride--will literally be the extent of what Richmond Hill will be playing for when it ends its season Friday night against state and national powerhouse Colquitt County.
The Packers won the Region 1-7A championship with a 24-6 win over Valdosta last Friday and will be the highest ranked team to ever visit Wildcats Stadium. Colquitt (9-0, 3-0) is ranked second in the state behind Buford and is in the top 25 nationally among seven services which rank high school teams. Their top ranking is No. 15 by SB/Sports Illustrated.
Richmond Hill, meanwhile, will be missing the GHSA state playoffs for the first time since 2015 following last Friday’s 35-3 loss at Lowndes County. The Wildcats (3-6, 0-3) led 3-0 after the first quarter before the dam burst.
In a do-or-die game for both teams—the winner earned a spot in the GHSA state playoffs—the Vikings upheld the do part.
The Wildcats got a 42-yard field goal from sophomore Blake Williams and trailed 7-3 at the half before the Vikings scored twice in the third and fourth quarters as Richmond Hill for the third straight game had difficulty running the ball.
Grant was one of the Wildcats’ few bright spots as he had seven receptions for 87 yards. That gives him 58 on the season snapping James’ record 53 in 2015.
James, now a starting wide receiver at West Virginia, had 119 catches for 2,338 yards for his career. With one game remaining Grant has 115 for 1,585.
Ty Goldrick completed 13 of 24 attempts for 125 yards as he closed in on the 3,000-yard mark for his career. Goldrick is 116-213 for 1,329 yards this season and for his career he is 228-397 for 2,934 yards.
While Lowndes (5-4, 1-2), which plays at Camden County this week, has struggled at times this season one of its strengths has been its defense against the run and that was evident against the Wildcats.
Gillard was held to 47 yards on 12 attempts giving him 129 yards on 42 rushes his last three games after having back-to-back 100-yard outings. Caleb Easterling ran for 16 yards while Mason Wilcox had three receptions for 21 yards.