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Spring football: Wildcats secure win over Effingham
Effingham football
Effingham County quarterback Tucker Perkins (13) scrambles to get away from pass rush but Richmond Hill intercepts his hurried throw. Defenders D.J. Porter (7) and Gabe Bauman (21) are in the frame on this play. The Wildcats won the spring game 28-13. Photo courtesy of Mark Lastinger, Effingham Herald.

The Richmond Hill Wildcats played host to the Effingham Rebels on Wednesday night for their spring game. The ‘Cats would walk away with a 28-13 victory in the game. 

In their first competition since the GHSA realignment, in which Richmond Hill is now a 6-A team and Effingham is a 5-A team, the Wildcats look prepared for the upcoming season. 

Head football coach Matt LeZotte’s spring standouts showed up early and often as Amire Miller scored the first touchdown of the evening with 1:10 left in the first quarter. 

What seemed to be an interception for the Rebels turned into a reception for the Wildcats as Caleb Easterling ripped the ball out of the hands of the defender to retain possession. 

Kirk Scott then connected with Derrick Lum as time expired in the first quarter for a touchdown pass to go up 14-0. 

Early in the second quarter, the Wildcats had miscommunication between their center and Scott, which resulted in the snap being fumbled away to the Rebels with 9:04 left in the quarter. 

That miscue would result in the Rebels scoring their first touchdown of the evening, to cut the lead to 14-7 with 6:16 left before the half. 

Richmond Hill would then answer with a forced turnover of their own, via an interception with 4:47 before the break. The Wildcats would also capitalize off of the turnover as they extended the lead to 21-7 with 2:55 in the second. 

In the middle of the third, Effingham would score again to cut the lead down, but the Wildcat fans in the endzone caused the kicker to miss the PAT, resulting in a 21-13 lead for the ‘Cats with 7:15 left in the quarter. 

Miller would add one more touchdown for good measure with 2:05 left in the third quarter to cap off the scoring for the evening at 28-13. 

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