Raiders Rout Saints at Home for 2-0 Start

The Richland High School football team became the program’s first team in well over a decade to start the season 2-0 with a home-opening victory over Mt. Juliet Christian 42-29 Friday night.

 

A raucous crowd of more than 400 took in the season’s first game at Wayne Hobbs Stadium in which the home team again rushed for more than 300 yards behind a tandem of talented running backs led by wingback Caleb Briggs. The junior surpassed the 200-yard mark in rushing for the second-straight game to start the season, finishing Friday’s contest with 244 yards and three touchdowns on only 13 carries.

 

However, it was not only Briggs who set the tone for the Raider offense, as Anthony Rowe added 105 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Gus McGowan finished with 56 yards and a touchdown on three attempts, and the Raiders ended the night with 425 yards on the ground, while averaging more than 10 yards per carry.

 

Richland opened the game with a six-play, 83-yard drive capped by a 49-yard rushing touchdown by Briggs. Mt. Juliet Christian answered with its first of three scoring strikes through the air on the night to take a brief 7-6 lead. Briggs added his team’s lone reception on the night the next drive, though, hauling in a 45-yard strike from quarterback Hollis Helton at the 1-yard line. Briggs scored a rushing touchdown on the following play, and the rout was on in Lynnville. Richland led 42-13 with 4:56 remaining in the final quarter before the Saints scored two late passing touchdowns against the Raiders’ second-team defense.

 

With the win, the Raiders finish the non-region portion of their schedule a perfect 2-0. The team will have a bye next week before opening an eight-game region slate by traveling to Huntland Friday, Sept. 11. The Hornets are off to an 0-2 start after Friday’s 49-21 region loss to Fayetteville City.