Swainsboro rocks Richmond, 35-6

Coming off a massive win in Washington County, the Swainsboro Tigers were at home Friday, Sept. 26, against the Wildcats of Richmond Hill.

Swainsboro won the opening toss and chose to take the ball at the beginning of the second half. With Cason DeVane kicking off to the Wildcats, the game was under way.

Richmond Hill's opening drive was their best sustained drive of the game when they went 47 yards on 15 runs and two passes to the Tiger's 10-yard line, where they turned the ball over on downs.

With less than two minutes left in the first quarter, the Tigers took possession for the first time. On their first offensive play of the game, DeVane handed off to Leon Williams who took the hand-off to the Richmond Hill endzone, but was ruled out of bounds around the 20-yard line. He gained 63 yards on the play.

Neither team was able to capitalize on their opening drives, so at the end of the first quarter the score remained 0-0.

Swainsboro dominated the second quarter. They scored once when Albert Webb took the hand-off in just short of the endzone and fumbled. Tavares Jones fell on the ball to put the Tigers up 7-0 after DeVane's extra point.

The other score came when Richmond Hill was unable to stop the Tiger offense as they drove to the 1-yard line and DeVane scored on a quarterback sneak. The extra point was good and the Tigers were on top 14-0.

The Tiger defense, led by Raja Andrews, Jones and J.J. Nobles, held the Wildcat offense to 19 yards of total offense in the second quarter and allowed only one first down.

When the second quarter began, the small amount of Wildcat faithfuls in the stands were shocked to see one of the most punishing hits in high school football. Andrews led the blocking efforts on the opening kick of the second half and laid down a hit on a Richmond Hill player that caused the entire Swainsboro side to erupt in applause.

The third quarter belonged to Richmond Hill in the scoring department. They scored one touchdown and missed the extra point.

Swainsboro's Ashley Denney had his most restful night of the year thus far, punting the ball only one time all night, which came in the third quarter.

The fourth and final quarter was very busy for both the Tiger offense and the Richmond Hill defense. Swainsboro's defense held the Wildcats to 3 total yards of offense with zero first downs. Webb scored his first touchdown of the night on a 28-yard run. When DeVane made the PAT, the score changed to 21-6 in favor of the home team.

Late in the fourth quarter, Webb took another hand-off into the endzone, this time on a 5-yard run. After DeVane made the extra point, the score changed yet again this time to 28-7 Swainsboro.

With 1:50 left in the game, Andrews intercepted a pass from the Wildcat quarterback and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. After the extra point, the scoreboard read Swainsboro 35, Richmond Hill 6, and that's how it ended.

Swainsboro won it's second game of the year improving their record to 2-0-2. Without taking a single handoff in the first quarter, Webb led the Tigers' rushing attack with 203 yards on 25 carries for an impressive average of over 8 yards per carry. It was Webb's first 200-yard rushing game of this season. Williams put together another strong rushing night with six carries for 87 yards and an average of 14.5 yards per carry.

DeVane had his best passing night of the year with four completions on seven attempts for 69 yards, an average of over 17 yards per completion. Dustin Way, Rosey Young, Denney, Garrett Worthen and Calvin Monroe had another strong night on the offensive line as the SHS offense tallied up 357 total yards of offense.

The defense pounded on it's opposition again holding the Richmond Hill offense to 170 yards of total offense in the game. Andrews led the Tiger defense with 10 tackles and one interception. Jones had 9.5 tackles in the game. Nobles had 5.5 tackles. Corey Johnson also recorded 5.5 tackles and two sacks.

This Friday, Oct. 3, the Tigers will go on the road again to Liberty County who is coming off a big win over Appling County.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm.

--(Statistics courtesy of Jerry Lawson, Jerry Lawson Jr. and Danny "The Stat Cat" Henry.)

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