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Wildcats open region play against high scoring namesake
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Richmond Hill opens Region 1-7A play 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Camden County and Coach Matt LeZotte can only hope it’s a case of not jumping from the frying pan into the fire. The Wildcats have had plenty of time to lick their wounds after suffering a 21-0 loss to Coffee County (6-0) which used the win to jump to the No. 1 ranking in the state in Class 5A. Coffee is in the same region as Ware County which was No. 1 in 5A when it beat Richmond Hill earlier, 28-7.

Camden County, however, is not a team against which a team struggling to establish an identity hopes to get healthy. Nor for that matter are Richmond Hill’s remaining opponents: Valdosta, Lowndes County or Colquitt County although Lowndes offers some possibilities based on results to date.

Camden County will offer a challenge to the Wildcats on both sides of the ball as veteran coach Jeff Herron has his team hitting on all cylinders.

The blue clad Wildcats are riding a four-game winning streak in which they have outscored opponents 193-34.

Among those wins is a 51-7 thrashing of New Hampstead, a team which Richmond Hill held on to beat, 28-26.

Richmond Hill will be looking to get its offense untracked. The Wildcats are next to last in the region in total offense at 260.5 yards per game, 190.7 on the ground.

Lowndes is averaging 260.2 while Camden is averaging 405.3 per game: 151.3 rushing and 254.0 passing.

Josh Troupe leads the Wildcats in rushing with 471 yards followed by Nick Bliss at 225. Bliss is the team’s top receiver with 22 catches for 303 yards and he has 14 touchdowns with 760 all-purpose yards. Kirk Scott has completed 36 of 63 passes for 408 yards and five touchdowns.

Sophomore quarterback Parks Riendeau paces the Camden offense as he is 36-for-53 for 711 yards and seven touchdowns. His favorite receivers is Ja’marley Riddle with 14 catches for 324 yards and Elyiss Williams 12 for 275. Jaden Dailey leads the team in rushing with 496 yards and eight touchdowns.

Camden’s 27.6 points victory margin leads the region with Valdosta (4-2) at plus 27.3, Colquitt (6-0) at 25.6, Richmond Hill at 3.9 and Lowndes (3-2) at minus 0.6.

After facing Camden, the Wildcats will host Valdosta on Oct. 13, have a week off before taking on Lowndes at Wildcats Stadium and end the season at Colquitt on Nov. 3.

Colquitt is ranked No. 4 in Class 7A and is also ranked in several national polls.

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