Keith High spanks RC Hatch on homecoming

Published 11:42 pm Friday, October 21, 2022

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Keith High had plenty of motivation for its regular-season home finale against RC Hatch on Friday.

The Bears were celebrating homecoming and third place in Region 3, Class 1A was on the line.

Running back Javon Richardson ran for 221 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Bears prevailed 42-0 at J.V. Caldwell Stadium in Orrville.

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The Bears (5-4, 4-2) finished as third seed and will travel in a first-round playoff game on November 4.

“We were aiming for the top seed, but we’re grateful where we’re finished and in the playoffs,” Bears head coach Anthony Lumpkin said.

Four Keith seniors played their final regular-season game: Javon Richardson, Jeffrey Cochran, Arthur Moore and Antwone Tower.

Quarterback Aveon Young also shined for the Bears, throwing a touchdown pass and running for two more. He also had two interceptions at defensive back.

The Bears took a 8-0 first quarter lead on Young’s 20-yard TD pass to Cochran.

Keith scored 22 second quarter points for a commanding 30-0 halftime lead.

Richardson’s 70-yard TD run was sandwiched between Young’s TD runs of 9 and 2 yards.

Eighth-grader Malcolm Jones’ 40-yard TD run came as the third quarter ended with the Bears up 36-0.

Richardson’s 60-yard TD run in the fourth quarter closed the game’s scoring.

Keith closes the regular season next Friday at Isabella.

The Bobcats, which had 10 players suspended for the game, will be the fourth seed in Region 3, 1A.