Bragg-ing rights

RCHS running back Patrick Bragg ran for 140 yards on 11 carries in the Tigers' 27-0 win over Glencoe.

RCHS built its lead early then sat on that lead for the rest of the game while the Tigers’ starters rested in a 27-0 region win over Glencoe.

RCHS got all the points they would need on a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown by Dante Jordan just two and a half minutes into the contest.

The Tigers added short touchdown runs by Keyshawn Garrett, Johnathan Prothro and Hagan Bailey over the next quarter to build the lead to its final margin.

For the second straight week the RCHS run defense dictated the day for its opponent as the Tigers limited Glencoe to one net rushing yard.

Through two games RCHS has allowed a total of minus-13 yards on the ground to Notasulga and Glencoe.

Glencoe did manage 124 yards and a handful of first downs through the air, but RCHS was successful at keeping them out of the end zone.

The night was a short one for starting backs Jordan, Garrett and Prothro. They combined for 82 yards on seven carries before giving way to the backups. Patrick Bragg shined brightest among that second group as he led RCHS with 140 yards on 11 carries.

Another positive for the Tigers was the return of starting quarterback Damarcus Davis, after he missed the season opener with a left shoulder injury.

Davis completed his only two passes for 13 yards and ran four times for 28 yards before also taking a seat with the rest of the starters.

RCHS is now 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in region play, but the Tigers are about to face their toughest test of the young season thus far. They will travel to Piedmont Friday for a showdown of top 5-ranked teams in class 3A.

RCHS entered the week ranked No. 4 in the state, while Piedmont checked in at No. 2 in the poll.

For the past two seasons RCHS and Piedmont have been the premiere teams in the north in Class 3A. RCHS defeated Piedmont in the state semifinals in 2017 and Piedmont returned the favor last year. Piedmont has won both of the teams’ regular season matchups the past two seasons, but RCHS won the 2017 semifinal matchup to advance to the state title game.

All four those games over the last two years have been evenly matched and decided by 10 points or less. Piedmont won last years’s regular season game 27-22, then won the playoff contest 26-21.

Piedmont won the regular season game at RCHS in 2017 by a 41-31 score before RCHS won the playoff rematch 35-28.

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