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Wildcats, Redskins to face unbeaten teams at home Friday
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Richmond Hill and Bryan County will both be at home this Friday and each will be playing an unbeaten team.

The Wildcats (2-2) will be looking to knock off New Hampstead (4-0) while the Redskins (2-1) will take on Portal (3-0) in a matchup between two teams who are looking to resurrect long dormant programs.

While Bryan County was idle last week Richmond Hill dropped a 35-32 decision to Baker County, Fl., in a wild game played at Brunswick as part of the Border Classic which pitted Georgia teams against Florida teams.

Richmond Hill seniors Ty Goldrick, Ravon Grant and Zion Gillard all turned in impressive performances as the Wildcats rolled up more than 500 yards total offense which should give them momentum going into the game with the Phoenix.

Goldrick threw for 354 yards and three touchdowns while Grant hauled in eight passes for 219 yards and a pair of scores. Grant also threw a touchdown pass while Gillard ran for 152 yards on 32 carries. For the season Goldrick has now completed 47 of 86 passes for 632 yards and six touchdowns with one interception. Grant has 24 catches for 304 yards and three touchdowns while Gillard is on a 1,000-yard pace with 399 yards on 99 carries.

Grant has now accounted for touchdowns three different ways: rushing, catching and throwing. He had a 9-yard rushing touchdown against Effingham County.

New Hampstead is led offensively by quarterback Pauly Seeley, a Wofford commit, who has thrown for 813 yards and 12 touchdowns. Kaleb Smith had 444 yards on the ground and Jalen Hampton has caught 18 passes for 237 yards.

This will be the second game ever between the teams. Three years ago, the Phoenix overcame a halftime deficit to pull out a 21-14 win. Although New Hampstead is averaging 40 points per game its schedule is suspect as its opponents are only 2-12 overall.

To say Bryan County and Portal is a big game sounds like an oxymoron but try telling that to the two teams.

The Redskins are looking for their first winning season since 2015 and Portal has to go back to 2011 for the last year it won more than it lost.

Both teams have shown explosive offenses: Bryan County is averaging 38.7 points per game which is fifth in the state among Class A D-I schools; Portal is seventh in D-II at 32 per game.

Defensively it looks to be a tossup as Bryan County giving up 12 points per outing which is eighth best statewide in D-I. The Panthers are holding opponents to 14 per game.

The Redskins’ Austin Clemons is coming off an outstanding game in which he ran for 171 yards and three scores while picking up a defensive touchdown in a 40-13 win at Wheeler County.

Clemons missed the opening 23-20 loss at Lincoln County due to illness but he now has 256 yards on only 23 attempts while Konnor Leggett had 186 yards rushing.

Sophomore quarterback Trevor Lanier has completed eight of 15 passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns.

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