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Win and you’re in: Cats eyeing Glynn in game that could pull them ahead in playoff race
Ryan Steele
Ryan Steele runs the ball after catching a pass from Ty Goldrick in game against Bradwell - photo by Gerald Thomas III

It’s pretty simple.

A Friday win for the Richmond Hill Wildcats (2-5, 2-2 Region 2-6A) over the Glynn Academy Terrors (3-4-1, 2-2 Region 2-6A) will put them in play for the GHSA 6A playoffs with only a week to spare in the season.

The Wildcats will host the Terrors this coming Friday.

Both teams will look to redeem themselves for their region losses a week ago.

The Wildcats traveled to Brunswick and was thwarted 42-7 in a game that was doomed for them from the beginning.

“We turned the ball over early and it really hurt us,” Head Coach Matt LeZotte said about the Wildcats’ previous matchup. “Turnovers have been our Achilles heel all season long. It has kept us from putting opponents away and winning games. When you turn the ball over against a team that’s as talented as Brunswick, it’s such a momentum shift. They started getting energy and feeling it and they really started playing a little bit harder after those two that were essentially both turnover scores. It’s tough. We ended up getting out of the framework of what our gameplan was offensively. Then it was too, little too late.”

The Terrors went to Effingham and lost a close one 20-14.

Now their focus turns to each other.

A season ago when these teams played, it ended as a low scoring matchup with the Terrors beating the Wildcats 7-5, which gave them the region championship.

Now these teams are fighting for that final No. 4 spot that will give them a good chance to finish the season with it, ultimately clinching a berth to the playoffs.

“We’re both coming off very tough losses in games we expected to win,” LeZotte said. “The thing about is that Glynn Academy is as well coached as any team that we’ll face. They’ll have their guys ready to go and prepared to play hard. Good thing for us is that we’re playing at home. We’ve been playing really well at home this season so hopefully we can capitalize off that momentum a little bit.”

The Wildcats are 2-0 at home while the Terrors are 1-2-1 when traveling.

Through five games, the Wildcats average 19.1 points per game allow 26.7.

The Terrors have put up 21.3 points a game and allowed 20.6.

With Friday being the final home game for Wildcat football this year, their 19 seniors will be honored.

“It’s going to be a little bit emotional and bittersweet,” senior safety Tommy Bliss said about his final home game of his Wildcat football career. “It’s the last time I get to play in front of my home fans, and it feels just like yesterday that I just showed up at the campus but now I’m getting ready to go. It’s like life comes at you really fast but I’m very excited. Playing any home game in general is always fun.”

The game will kickoff at Wildcat Stadium at 7:30 on Friday.

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