By Jason Maholy
Richards played far from a perfect game in its Week 6 matchup with Reavis, but despite an uneven performance by the offensive and a bevy of penalties, still managed to pummel yet another South Suburban red Conference foe.
Richards was dominant on defense, and once it got rolling on offense could not be contained. The result was a 37-0 thumping of Reavis that was not as close as the final score might indicate.
The Bulldogs improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the South Suburban Red Conference.
Richards knows it must execute more consistently on offense and clean up the penalties to make a deep run in the playoffs.
The Rams fell to 3-3, 1-2.
Trishawn Lott paced the Bulldogs offense, breaking several long runs including a 48-yard touchdown that put the hosts up 35-0 early in the fourth quarter. He also scored on a 10-yard run one play after a nifty, juking, weaving jaunt of more than 30 yards gave the Bulldogs a first-and-goal.
Lott, who usually plays wide receiver, has taken over lead running back duties while Iowa recruit Leshon Williams recovers from an ankle injury sustained in Richards’ loss to Hillcrest in Week 3. Williams is expected to miss at least one more game and could possibly be held out until Week 8 or 9, with the objective to have him at full strength for the start of the playoffs.
The Bulldogs didn’t start off the game looking like a team that has state championship aspirations. Reavis came to play and was not intimidated, but Richards was its own worst enemy, committing several miscues and numerous penalties during a discombobulated first half.
The Rams did the best they could for two quarters, putting forth an inspired defensive effort and holding Richards to 14 first-half points. In the end, however, the Bulldogs skill, speed, size and depth on both sides of the ball were just too much to overcome.
Unfortunately for the Rams, they couldn’t get anything going against the Dogs’ defense, Richards was never in any danger of succumbing to an upset.
Whatever door they may have left ajar was soundly slammed late in the third quarter. With 3:27 remaining, Lott scored his first touchdown from 10 yards out to give the hosts a 21-0 lead. Less than two minutes later on Reavis’ ensuing possession, Bulldogs’ senior Kasean Terry scooped up a fumble and rumbled 55 yards for a touchdown and a 28-point advantage.