Jacob Wicinski, Correspondent (JacobWicinskiFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Rickards Raiders High School football team defeated the Gadsden County High School Jaguars Thursday night. Despite the teams having a combined eight turnovers, the final score wound up 55-32.
Rickards fumbled on the first play from scrimmage. Quarterback Blake Goins fumbled a jet sweep to wide receiver Sammy Carter. Gadsden County recovered the ball deep in Rickards territory, which led to a three-yard rushing touchdown by Jaguar’s running back Koleion Rich, giving them a 6-0 lead.
Rickards would bounce back with running back Kelvin Dean Jr. would score three consecutive touchdowns.
Gadsden would get back into the game with a pick six, narrowing the Rickards lead to 21-12. Rich added a 61-yard touchdown to make the score 21-18 with 7:34 left in the first half.
Rickards would get the ball back inside their own 10 yard line with about a little more than a minute left to go in the half. This would lead to another touchdown run by Dean Jr., this time from 84 yards out. Dean Jr. would also accumulate 203 yards and 4 touchdowns in the first half on only 14 carries.
In the second quarter, Goins would go down with an injury and did not return to the game. Junior quarterback Greg Winters would step in for the remainder of the game.
Gadsden County would start the second half with an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. After Gadsden intercepted Winter’s pass, the Jaguars would take the lead with a touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Da’nillo McCloud, making it a 32-28 game.
This would be the last touchdown Gadsden would get. Dean Jr. and Carter would both add two touchdowns, with Carter having a running and a receiving touchdown.
Dean Jr. would end up having 253 yards and 6 rushing touchdowns on 26 carries. The rest of Rickards’ struggled with turnovers, with five total in the game.
Rickards head coach Quintin Lewis said the turnover problem for the Raiders has been present all season.
“We’ve been struggling with turnovers all year,” Lewis said. “We’ve got to keep working. We have to keep on practicing and work on it more and more. We have tough games coming up and we can’t turn the ball over against some of these teams.”
Dean Jr. shinned, averaging 9.7 yards per carry. He said the team’s first victory should help get things rolling for the Raiders
“It’s a great team win. It’s a great bounce back from 0-3 and we have to keep rolling. We can’t go back from here, only up. Next game, I want to go for 260, and after that, maybe 300,” Dean Jr. said. “We got a lot of fight in us. I love these boys with all my heart and I told them I’m going to go hard for them every day.”
Rickards will play at Lincoln, at Gene Cox Stadium next Friday night to end the Touchdowns for Cancer series.