The Richmond Hill Wildcats were back on the practice field this week, working to correct the mistakes made in Friday’s 55-0 loss at Camden County in their preseason scrimmage.
Following this week, RHHS has the benefit of two more weeks of preseason practice. The Wildcats don’t open the regular season until Sept. 4, at home against Johnson.
“We have done a ton of new things in the program,” first-year head coach Matt LeZotte said. “This will allow us to fix these issues and move forward with a head of steam.”
One priority will be to determine a starting quarterback.
Senior Xavier Bryant-Long, last year’s starter, and junior Brian Hughes are competing for the job.
Both had their moments in the scrimmage. Hughes led Richmond Hill rushers with seven carries for 22 yards, while Bryant-Long had the better passing numbers with seven completions in 10 attempts for 19 yards.
“No one has emerged at quarterback yet,” LeZotte said. “They both do some good things, and they both have areas on which they need to improve. It’s going to come down to who can make the players around them better.”
Senior Andre Walker had a team-high four catches for 8 yards in the scrimmage. Sophomore Sam James led the RHHS defense with seven solo tackles, three assists and a forced fumble.
While Richmond Hill struggled all night on offense and defense, Camden County moved the ball at will and racked up eight touchdowns. RHHS trailed 35-0 in the second quarter.
“We had opportunities to make plays and did not capitalize on those opportunities,” LeZotte said. “Camden is one of the best teams in the state, and if you make a mistake, it is amplified. These points prove the point that our focus was not there and is a main factor in our success.”