Richards crushes Eisenhower, wins SSC Red title outright
By Pat Disabato firstname.lastname@example.org October 19, 2012 11:58PM
Updated: November 22, 2012 6:37AM
If defending conference champion Eisenhower could have upended No. 6 Richards Friday, it would have taken a share of the South Suburban Red title.
The Bulldogs, however, were not in the sharing mood.
Quarterback Hasan Muhammed-Rogers completed 11-of-16 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns and added two rushing scores in leading Richards to a 42-0 win over Eisenhower and the outright league crown.
The victory also returned the Murphy Cup, awarded to the winner of the Ike/Richards tussle, to the Bulldogs.
“When we won at Reavis last week, we told the guys we won at least a share of the conference championship,” Richards coach Tony Sheehan said. “They said, ‘We’re not sharing.’ ”
The Bulldogs (8-1, 5-0) were looking to avenge last season’s 23-17, triple overtime heartbreaker that gave the Cardinals (4-5, 4-2) the conference title and their first Murphy Cup.
“That feeling I had after the three overtimes was the worst feeling of my life,” Richards running back Tommy Mister said. “I never cried like that ever. I played with anger tonight.”
The breaking point Friday came late in the first half. Down 14-0, an interception by Shawn Chappel gave the Cardinals the ball at their 49-yard line with 37.6 seconds left in the second quarter.
Ike drove to the Bulldogs 46 when the snap from center sailed over the head of quarterback Dion Parker. He retrieved the ball, only to fumble after getting hit by Brian Hettiger. Hettiger scooped up the ball and rambled 43 yards to the end zone, making it 22-0 after Shawn Chiaramonte’s PAT with no time left on the clock.
“There was no way I wasn’t getting into the end zone,” Hettiger said.