Second-quarter outburst propels Richards over Reavis
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media October 13, 2012 12:00AM
Reavis (24) Calvin Jordan gains some yards in first half action. The Richards Bulldogs play the Reavis Rams at Reavis HS at 6034 W. 77th St. Burbank, IL on Friday night, 10/12/12.|Judy Fidkowski~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 15, 2012 6:33AM
Stymied by a scrappy defense and its own penalties, Richards had nothing to show Friday for a first quarter that featured several big yardage plays offensively.
The Bulldogs had no such problems in the second quarter.
Cleaning up the penalties, No. 6 Richards scored touchdowns on four straight possessions in the second quarter on the way to a 51-0 South Suburban Red win over Reavis in Burbank.
“We had a couple big plays called back and we were getting frustrated,” Richards’ Tommy Mister said. “After that first touchdown, we knew we could run the ball all night.”
Mister was the one who got the offense going, finding the end zone on touchdown runs of 32 and 36 yards just two minutes apart in the second quarter.
Ramontay Hill continued the explosion, punching in a score from 11 yards out that was set up by a Reavis fumble. Hasan Muhammad-Rogers found R.J. Balsan for a huge 58-yard touchdown pass down the far sideline to cap the second-quarter scoring.
“After his interception, Hasan got his confidence back, the defense was still going crazy, and the O-line was blocking their butts off,” Mister said. “We came out excited and pounded them.”
Mister finished with 126 rushing yards on just nine carries for Richards (7-1, 5-0). Muhammad-Rogers (18-yard touchdown run) had 132 yards on 5-of-9 passing with two touchdowns and an interception.
Reavis (4-4, 1-4) was without quarterback and leading rusher Jose Romero, who was suspended a game after being ejected in last week’s loss to Eisenhower.
The Rams gained just 22 yards on 20 carries in the first half, managing 51 total yards of offense at the half. Khari Boykins finished with 47 yards on nine carries.
“We know we have a good team and a great defense that won’t let anyone score on us,” Mister said. “With a defense like that, it’s hard to lose a game.”
To even be eligible for the IHSA playoffs, Reavis will have to defeat Evergreen Park next week.