RCHS spread the ball around, saw five players score its six touchdowns and generally made quick work of Weaver in a 42-6 win Friday night.
The Tigers are now 5-1, with their only true challenge this season coming in week three’s 27-15 loss to Piedmont. But that’s about to change this week as RCHS travels to unbeaten Walter Wellborn in a showdown that will go a long way towards determining the two teams’ playoff seeding.
Against Weaver, Danted Jordan returned to the starting offensive backfield and rushed three times for 60 yards and a touchdown. His 9-yard score got RCHS on the board with just under 10 minutes left in the first quarter, and that turned out to be his final carry of the night.
RCHS scored on a 15-yard pass play from Damarcus Davis to Johnathan Prothro on its next possession and added an 8-yard touchdown run from Keyshawn Garrett as the Tigers built a 21-0 first-quarter lead.
That lead swelled to 35-0 by halftime thanks to a 10-yard touchdown by Hagan Bailey and a punt return for six by Jordan.
Sherman Sewell’s 6-yard run for a touchdown in third quarter capped the scoring for RCHS, which substituted heavily in the second half.
The Tigers will likely need their starters for all four quarters Friday, however. Wellborn is averaging over 50 points per game and has beaten every team it has played by at least 21 points. That includes a 61-34 win over 4A Lincoln in week two. Lincoln is currently tied for first place with Handley in Region 4.
RCHS can clinch a playoff spot and keep its slim hopes of a region championship alive with a win Friday, but a loss would most likely knock the Tigers out of the top two in the region and keep them on the road in the first round of the playoffs.
For Wellborn, a win would keep them unbeaten and set them up for a potential first-place showdown with Piedmont on October 25.