PLAY OF THE GAME: With second place in Region 3B-AAAA on the line, Richmond Academy capitalized on a Cross Creek special teams error late in the first quarter to set up its first touchdown of the night and assume the lead for good. On a short Richmond Academy end-over-end punt, the Razorbacks failed to call a fair catch, and the ball rolled to the Cross Creek 4-yard line. The Musketeers defense forced a three-and-out, and the offense took advantage of the field position, when Tony Daggett completed a 5-yard pass to Tevin Piper for a touchdown.
STAR OF THE GAME: Richmond Academy’s defense consistently shut down Cross Creek by blasting through the line, making stops in the backfield and giving the offense excellent field position.
WHY RICHMOND ACADEMY WON: A stout defense and just enough offense to get it done. The Musketeers passed for 64 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 62 yards and one score on 14 carries in the first half.
WHY CROSS CREEK LOST: The special teams and offense didn’t show up. The Razorbacks’ longest rushing gain of the night was for 6 yards on a fumble recovery.
NOTABLE: Richmond Academy’s starting center, Wesley Law, was ejected in the third quarter and will not start next week’s region play-in game.
QUOTABLE: “That punt was huge,” Musketeers coach Chris Hughes said of the kick downed at Cross Creek’s 4-yard line. “We put a lot of emphasis on special teams, because in this region you can win or lose a game easily in that aspect.”
NEXT: Richmond Academy (5-4 overall, 4-1 Region 3B-AAAA) vs. South Effingham, Friday; Cross Creek (3-6, 3-2) vs. Statesboro, Friday