What does a full parking lot, musicians marching at high step and a cookout have in common? The answer is hometown football.
Friday night, the Richmond Hill Wildcats varsity football team dominated the Atomsmashers, a Class AAA team, in a 41-13 win.
The scrimmage kicked off the 2018 season for the Wildcats, who got a number of standout performances.
Jalen Rouse was leading rusher for the game and had four carries for 131 yards and two touchdowns. The Wildcats leading receiver was Kollins Pettaway, who had three catches for 93 yards that included thetouchdown. Jamari Green ran the ball eight times for 50 yards and scored two touchdowns.
Luke Carter completed 2 of 3 passes for 38 yards and quarterback Aaron Bedgood connected on 3 of 7 passes for 93 yards and touchdown. Defensively, Nathan Vickers had five tackles, including two for losses and John Mastorilli picked off a pass for the Wildcats. Special team leaders included Anthony Salazaar who was 5 for 5 on extra-point kicks and he kicked a 25-yard field goal. Britton Willaims kicked a47-yard field goal. Coach Matt LeZotte said the team played up to early expectations.
“I was not surprised at how the team played. They played how I expected them to play,” he said.
However, the team is still working towards goals according to LeZotte.
Concerning the win Jalen Rouse said, “I think we just stuck to what we practiced over the week and just kept running and giving it our all and kept going with the game plan. I want to do this every game I get a chance. I’m going to try to put up however much yards however much touch downs I can to help the team win.”
The Wildcats open regular season play Friday at Grovetown.