Sack the quarterback

RCHS lineman Joshua Holloway brings down the Fayetteville quarterback in the Tigers' 41-0 win Friday. Holloway had eight tackles and 2.5 sacks in a smothering defensive effort.

The RCHS Tigers rolled to exactly 500 yards of offense and held Fayetteville to minus-19 yards rushing in another physically dominant performance for RCHS that led to a 41-0 victory.

The Tigers remain the No. 1-ranked team in the state in class 2A and continue to punish opposing defenses with a hyper-productive ground attack. The defense flexed its muscle in this one as well led by the disruptive play up front of Noah Turner and Joshua Holloway.

Of those 500 yards of offense, 446 came on the ground, and the majority of that production came from the usual four horsemen for RCHS.

J.D. Till eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season as he rushed for 219 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. It’s the third time in six games that Till has rushed for over 200 yards this season, and he now has 1,180 yards and 12 touchdowns on 125 carries.

The remainder of the yardage was split fairly evenly among the trio of Johnathan Wilson (8 carries, 57 yards), Jack McKissic (8-39) and Hagan Bailey, who went for 47 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.

A fifth runner, Austin Terrell, got in on the action in the fourth quarter as he tacked on 47 yards and his first touchdown of the season on four carries, three of which came in the final frame.

It wasn’t all on the ground for RCHS however, as Jake Smith caught his second touchdown pass of the season from Avion Willis, a 45-yard catch and run that staked RCHS to a 28-0 lead early in the third quarter.

Those points were more than enough thanks to the menacing play of Turner and Holloway on defense.

Holloway accounted for eight tackles and 2.5 sacks, while Turner posted six stops and 1.5 sacks as Fayetteville attempted 25 passes in the game.

The Tigers are now 6-0 heading into this Thursday’s contest against Vincent.

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