RMS Quarterback Racks Up 500 Yards in Bowl Victory
After defeating Flintville 40-6 in the regular season, the Richland Middle School football team’s bowl rematch against the Bobcats saw a similar result in Saturday’s 62-8 win in Lincoln County.
The game was part of an afternoon of bowl matchups at the Elk River Valley Championships that ended with a South Giles championship in the night cap. The Raiders (4-4) put in a dominant showing for Giles County in the noon kickoff, scoring 62 unanswered points behind a career day from quarterback Sam Edwards.
Edwards scored eight touchdowns on only 14 offensive touches rushing for 481 yards and six touchdowns on 10 carries and finishing 2-for-4 passing for 77 yards and two more scores. RMS finished with nearly 600 yards of offense as Edwards accounted for 558 total yards. Ethan Workman caught a 16-yard touchdown pass. Ethan Ehrhardt finished with 82 total yards on only three offensive touches including a 61-yard receiving touchdown and a pair of two-point conversions. Jon Young chipped in three more two-point conversions in an efficient day of offense that saw RMS score on eight of its nine drives. The lone possession the team failed to score was due to the clock running out.
Flintville fielded a number of players with good size for the middle school game and looked to exploit Richland in the passing game early. The Bobcats scored on a 46-yard passing touchdown on the opening drive to lead 8-0 after less than two minutes. However, the team went on to commit four turnovers including two interceptions by Workman, one by Trevor Meadows and a fumble recovery by Young. Flintville lost another possession on a botched snap on fourth down and gave up 62-unanswered points to the Raiders.
Edwards scored on rushing touchdowns of 49, 55 and 81 and 88 yards in the first half, while also passing for a 16-yard touchdown to Workman. RMS led 38-8 at intermission.
Edwards connected on a 61-yard strike to Ehrhardt on the first play of the second half before rushing for touchdowns of 51 and 96 yards.
Edwards, Young and Andrew McCormack were all recognized on the all-conference team for their performances this season.
McCormack, Young and Logan Roder will all now join the high school team for the final three weeks of the regular season, while Edwards will re-join the middle school basketball team where he started in both his sixth and seventh grade seasons.