RICHMOND HILL, Ga. —
Two Richmond Hill High School football standouts held signing ceremonies in their own front yards amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Family, coaches and friends attended to celebrate while social distancing.
Defensive back Avion Smith signed with Ferrum College.
Middle linebacker John Dunivan signed with LaGrange College.
Both student-athletes helped the Wildcats to their best season in program history, making it all the way to the GHSA Class 6A semifinals in 2019.
Running back Jalen Rouse ran for 194 yards and three scores as Richmond Hill beat the Martin Luther King Lions 28-12 in the first round of the GHSA Class 6A state playoffs Friday night at Wildcat Stadium.
Playing on a soggy field, the Wildcats never trailed and their defense held the Lions to one score. The other Lions score came on a Wildcat fumble that was returned for a touchdown.
The Lions tried twice for two point conversions on their touchdowns but couldn’t convert on either.
Wildcat Ashaud Roberson hauled in a 59-yard pass from Kenyan Hunter to account for the other Wildcat score. Kicker Britton Williams was perfect on four point after attempts but missed a long field goal.
The Wildcat defense spent most of the night in the Lions backfield with Nathan Vickers sacking the Lions quarterback twice while racking up eight total tackles including three for loss.
Avion Smith had seven tackles and one interception.
Jordan Clark had one reception and Brett Kramer had one for 13 yards.
Isiah Allen carried the ball five times for 24 yards and Tyler completed two passes for 51 yards.
The Wildcats advance to the second round and will host Lanier Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium.
Richmond Hill held off Bradwell Institute 34-24 to win the Region 2-AAAAAA football title Friday night in Hinesville. The win improves the Wildcats to 5-3 overall and 3-0 in the region.
Jalen Rouse was named the Plantation Lumber & Hardware Player of the Game for the Wildcats. He rushed for 223 yards and three touchdowns.
Final Score: RH 34 (6,14,7,7) BI 24 (7,7,7,3)
RH Leading Passers: Tyler Coleman 9/15 62 yds
RH Leading Rushers: Jalen Rouse 28 for 223yds 3td, Ashaud Robertson 6 for 57 1td, Kenyan Hunter 2 for 6yds 1 td,
RH Leading Receivers: Isaiah Allen 1 for 38yds
RH Leading Tacklers: Tim Fortson 11 Total Tackles 2TFL 1 sack, Nathan Vickers 5 tackles 1 sack, Jordan Clark 1INT 3 tackles
RH Special Teams: Nathan Vickers and Avion Smith 1 blocked punt each, Britton Williams 4/5 PAT