Richfield was a dominating host to rival South Sevier Friday night.
The Wildcats controlled the scoreboard throughout the final regular season football game for both high schools — ending with a 37-20 win.
“We finished really strong, which is where we need to be right now,” said Richfield coach Corey Morrison. “We’re playing our best football headed into the playoffs.”
Richfield started the game with a kick-off return by Braden Hampton, who set the ’Cats up on their own 45-yard line. Runs by quarterback Josh Henry and Brody Ellis moved the ball up to the 4-yard line. Hampton punched it in, and then followed up by carrying the 2-point conversion into the pay dirt with 8:56 left in the first period.
“The last couple of weeks we’ve started going for the 2-point conversion more, and so far it’s going well for us,” Morrison said.
The Rams’ first series lasted six plays but ended abruptly when Richfield’s Kyler Torgerson snagged an interception off a pass by Braden Palmer.
“I was moving back into my passing coverage and he threw it to me,” Torgerson said. The interception helped set the tone of the game as Richfield was able to capitalize on two more interceptions during the game.
Six plays later, Henry was in the end zone for Richfield. He passed the ball to Hampton for another 2-point conversion, taking a 16-0 edge over the Rams with 3:07 left in the first stanza.
South Sevier’s next series ended in a punt. Ellis ran the ball up to the Rams’ 1-yard-line, but what looked like a sure thing for Richfield was lost with a fumble that South Sevier’s Kaden Dustin recovered.
On the second down of the Rams’ next series, Garett Johnson turned on his jets and ran the ball 94 yards to put South Sevier on the scoreboard. He then carried it again for the 2-point conversion.
Richfield’s next series lasted 12 plays and was capped by Henry pounding his way into the pay dirt on a quarterback keeper from two yards out.
South Sevier lost the ball to an interception by Cristian Hernandez. Henry scored again with 3:39 left in the half, for a 31-8 edge.
Johnson scored on the next series for South Sevier on a 40-yard pass play. The half ended with Richfield holding a 31-14 advantage.
Richfield’s Spencer Henderson nabbed an interception on South Sevier’s first series of the second half, setting the ’Cats up at midfield. Six plays later, Henry carried the ball back into the end zone for Richfield’s final scoring play of the night.
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The Rams were able to score again, late in the fourth quarter, off a pass from Caleb Jones to Wyatt Carter from 14 yards out. South Sevier ends its season with a 1-8 record.
Richfield ends the regular season with a 4-2 region record.
The win for Richfield sets up a three-way tie for second place in the 2A South region with Enterprise and Beaver. All three schools have 4-2 region records after Friday’s game. Earlier in the season, the ’Cats defeated Enterprise 31-28 but lost to Beaver 21-6.
A coin toss will be needed to determine seeding for the state tournament.