NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — Richland started head coach Ged Kates’ second season with a bang Friday at Birdville ISD Athletic Complex.
The Rebels (1-0) scored on four of their six first-half possessions on their way to a 46-14 win over Weatherford (0-1), and were able to spread the ball around doing it. Quarterback Brandon Maine dumped a 16-yard screen pass to running back C.J. Hicks for Richland’s first score midway through the first quarter.
But running backs Deandre Clark and Stephon Jackson would not be left out of the conversation either. Clark scored on a 16-yard scamper to the right midway through the second, and Jackson racked up 136 yards on just 14 carries and scored on a one-yard dive in the third.
Maine had an efficient day behind center as well, going 11-of-13 for 191 yards and two touchdowns passing.
But he was not the only Richland quarterback who shone in the season-opening win. Hayden Davidson took an 84-yard keeper to the end zone on the Rebels’ first series after halftime and ended the night with 105 rushing yards.
Weatherford’s offense got going late in the game behind running back Fred Brownlee’s 15-yard TD run, which was set up by two Chris Whitling catches, and a 42-yard scoring pass to Logan Guest on the game’s final play.
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