RICHMOND HILL —
After being completely smothered in the first half Friday night, Nick Fitzgerald breathed new life into the Richmond Hill Wildcats.
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound quarterback rumbled 70 yards for a touchdown midway through the third quarter that sparked the Wildcats to a 13-7 first-round Class AAAAA playoff win against the Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets (8-3). Fitzgerald, verbally committed to Mississippi State, was limited to 15 yards on 10 carries in the game's first 24 minutes, but he finished with 135 yards and two scores on 25 attempts.
"We had done a great job of containing him," said Yellow Jackets head coach Bill Shaver, whose team dropped its last two games. "That (touchdown run) gave them momentum."
Fitzgerald's biggest run came on the first snap after Stephan Williamson picked off a Deondre Cooksey pass that was intended for Peyton Singletary.
Cooksey, usually a running back, manned the quarterback position in the absence of Adam Choice, who dislocated a shoulder in last week's 38-35 loss to Harris County. Still plagued by considerable pain, Choice, a Clemson recruit and the leading rusher in Central history with 5,091 yards, didn't suit up for the contest.
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