Richmond Senior High got the better of Butler when it mattered most.
The Raiders stormed back from a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Bulldogs 55-54 in overtime at Providence High on Saturday, capping a 3 hour, 42 minute marathon of back and forth.
Quintel Goodwin’s 4-yard run in Richmond’s opening overtime possession tied the score at 54 and Brandon Greene connected on the extra point for the win. Butler quarterback Anthony Ratliff-Williams, a North Carolina commit, put the Bulldogs ahead with a 7-yard run, but a missed extra point opened the door for Richmond.
Both teams had stellar play from running backs. Richmond’s Miles Grant ran for 186 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries while Butler’s Benny LeMay ran for 224 yards and four scores on 20 attempts. LeMay’s 17-yard burst with 1:39 left put the Bulldogs ahead 48-33, but Richmond Senior responded in 70 seconds on a 90-yard kick return from Shevar Little and Miles Grant’s 5-yard run to force overtime.
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Richmond seized the momentum in the second quarter with three touchdowns to grab a 27-20 lead at the break. Trailing 20-14 after Butler’s Clifton Duck scored on a leaping touchdown catch from 43 yards out, the Raiders scored twice in a 1 minute, 19 second span to pull ahead at intermission. Grant scored on a 32-yard play and after Gus Chambers blocked a Butler punt at the Bulldogs’ 23, Goodwin bolted up the middle on the next play to push the Raiders ahead 2:42 before halftime.
Ratliff-Williams, who completed 10-of-19 passes for 132 yards and a pair of scores in the first half, opened with a bang when he scored on a 48-yard keeper on Butler’s first play from scrimmage. Richmond responded with a Quentin Terry interception that resulted in Miles Grant’s 8-yard run for a 7-6 advantage.
Butler outgained Richmond Senior 258-165, but the Bulldogs gave up key field position on special teams and a pair of turnovers the Raiders converted into points. Richmond Senior took advantage of its power ground game, which churned through Butler for 146 yards in the first half. That efficiency helped the Raiders overcome their share of mistakes, which included 13 penalties for 120 yards and a fumble lost.