J.D. Till’s kickoff return late in the third quarter put RCHS ahead and turned out to be the game-winning points in a 28-14 win over LaFayette Friday in Wedowee.
Till raced 85 yards to paydirt with 3:58 left in the quarter after LaFayette had taken a 14-12 lead moments earlier.
Till’s kick return was part of a solid 1-2 punch offensively for RCHS all night. Till ran for 170 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, while backfield mate Hagan Bailey added 126 yards and a score on 13 runs. Bailey also caught two passes for 52 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown reception.
Till’s 35-yard touchdown run provided the only points for RCHS in the first half as the teams played to a 7-6 stalemate through the first two quarters.
The fireworks went off in the third quarter however, as the two teams combined to score four touchdowns in a span of less than four minutes of game time.
Bailey’s touchdown catch gave RCHS a brief 12-7 lead with 6:00 left in the quarter. But LaFayette answered with a 47-yard touchdown play that put them ahead 14-12 and set up Till’s kickoff return.
RCHS came up with a defensive stop, and Bailey capitalized on the ensuing possession with a 33-yard scoring run that put RCHS up 28-14 with just over two minutes left.
The touchdown pass was the first in the career of RCHS freshman quarterback Avion Willis, who completed 2-of-3 passes for 52 yards.
The win gives RCHS a 2-0 start to the season and puts them at 1-0 in region play.
RCHS will travel to Ranburne for a region contest against the Bulldogs Friday.