Richards storms past Argo
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media September 15, 2012 12:24AM
Updated: October 17, 2012 6:27AM
Having sat out last week’s win over Evergreen Park because of an ankle injury, Richards’ Tommy Mister returned to the field Friday night for the Bulldogs.
The highly touted junior scored three touchdowns, but for Richards on Homecoming, it was the defense that carved out a win.
The Richards defense and special teams forced seven turnovers on its way to a 55-14 South Suburban Red win over Argo.
“We didn’t want them to score,” Richards defensive back Rod Polk said. “We had our head down when they first scored, but we picked them up. We had that mind-set: ‘no more scores, no more scores.’ ”
Davelle Fox’s fumble recovery and 29-yard return for a score put Richards (3-1, 2-0) up 21-14 early in the second quarter. Dylan Jiles’ interception of Argo quarterback Jason Noel helped set up a Hasan Muhammad-Rogers 6-yard TD pass to Tacari Carpenter as time expired on the first half.
“We got back to hitting (Argo) hard all day,” Polk said. “The momentum picks up. As soon as we cause a turnover the offense can score it.”
Polk and Deion Carter also picked off Noel passes. Chris Williams and Mahmoud Abdel recovered fumbles for Richards while Romel Hill forced a fumble.
Mister rushed for three scores overall (1, 10, 10 yards) and finished with 93 yards on just 10 carries. He split time at quarterback with Muhammad-Rogers (6-of-13, 69 yards, 2 TDs). Carpenter caught a second touchdown, a 19-yarder to open the scoring.
“Hasan played well last week, but Tommy needs the ball in his hands,” Richards coach Tony Sheehan said. “We want as many athletes and weapons as possible out there, and they’re both playmakers.
“We want to make it a nightmare for defensive coordinators to play us.”
Noel finished 11-of-24 for 157 yards with two touchdown passes and three interceptions. Diamonte Mallory (11 yards) and Corde O’Neal (24 yards) had TD catches for Argo (2-2, 0-2).