Hasan Muhammad-Rogers, of Richards, with the quarterback keeper against Shepard at Richards, Friday, October 5rd, 2012 in Oak Lawn, IL. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 8, 2012 11:49AM
Alone at the top.
That’s where No. 6 Richards finds itself in the South Suburban Red after a 44-8 drubbing of Shepard on Friday in Oak Lawn.
The Bulldogs (6-1, 4-0) and Astros (4-3, 3-1) were tied for first place in the division entering the contest. Richards, however, showed it’s in a class by itself.
“Our offense clicked and the defense was ballhawks,” Richards coach Tony Sheehan said. “I think we’re a pretty good team. But I don’t think we’ve hit our peak yet.”
Tommy Mister, moved full-time from quarterback to running back after the emergence of sophomore Hasan Muhummed-Rogers, carried the ball 20 times for 187 yards and two touchdowns for Richards. He reached pay dirt from 11 and 14 yards in the first half as the Bulldogs took a 23-0 lead into the locker room.
Mister added a 12-yard TD reception in the second half, which extended Richards’ lead to 37-0 with 6:49 remaining in the third quarter.
Playing running back isn’t foreign to Mister, a junior who is being recruited by several Division I programs, including Northwestern and Notre Dame.
“I was a running back up until my freshman year,” Mister said. “After the Evergreen Park game (Week 3), I knew Hasan would be a very good quarterback. I told the coaches, ‘Just tag me as an athlete like they’re going to do in college.’ I just want the ball.”
Muhammed-Rogers completed 7-of-15 passes for 64 yards. His 20-yard TD pass to Jose Bou gave the Bulldogs a 17-0 lead. Muhammed-Rogers also rushed for 65 yards on eight carries. Ramontay Hill added scoring runs of eight and 10 yards for the Bulldogs.
Shepard was its own worst enemy, turning the ball over six times, including four in the first half. The Bulldogs turned three of those first-half miscues into 17 points.
The Astros rushed for 26 yards on the night. Quarterback Jimmy McClinton was 12-of-30 for 174 yards and two picks. He scored the Astros lone TD on a 2-yard run.
“We see the color of the jersey and we get intimidated (by Richards),” Shepard coach Dominic Passolano said. “We looked like deer in headlights.”