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Richmond strikes first, holds on for football sectional win at Shelbyville

With revenge on its mind and a sectional semifinal appearance at stake, Richmond rolled into Shelbyville’s McKeand Stadium Friday night and immediately put the Golden Bears in a 14-0 disadvantage.

Despite not scoring a point in 14 straight quarters, Shelbyville went right to work and put together two scoring drives to tie the score.

The Red Devils, who lost at Shelbyville in week two (22-16), scored to close out the first-half scoring and added another touchdown to start the second-half scoring and Shelbyville was unable to get back even.

Richmond prevailed in a Class 4A sectional quarterfinal game, 32-29, and ended the Golden Bears’ season at 1-6.

With the win, Richmond (2-8) will host Connersville (2-8) in one Sectional 21 semifinal contest. Fifth-ranked Mt. Vernon (9-1) will travel to No. 11 Greenfield-Central (7-3) for the other semifinal game.

Shelbyville racked up a season-high 385 yards of offense Friday but needed one more scoring drive to tie the game or take the lead.

After a goal line stand thwarted Richmond from securing the victory, Shelbyville drove to midfield but ran out of time.

Richmond started quickly with Marquis Johnson taking the game’s opening kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback John Carter connected with Johnson for the 2-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.

The Red Devils stopped Shelbyville’s first offensive series, got the ball back and drove down the field where Carter scored on an 8-yard run. The two-point conversion failed and it was 14-0.

Shelbyville finished off its first scoring drive with a 14-yard run from Jordan Marcum. Aiden Helfer-Vazquez added the extra point to cut Richmond’s lead in half.

The Golden Bears followed a defensive stop with another scoring drive that was capped off by Eli Chappelow’s 6-yard run and Helfer-Vazquez’s kick.

Following an 8-yard touchdown strike from Carter to Micah Belcher, Richmond secured a 20-14 halftime advantage.

The lead grew in the third quarter when Johnson pulled in a 9-yard touchdown pass from Carter for a 26-14 lead.

Cael Lux delivered a 97-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to keep the Golden Bears within striking distance, 26-21.

Johnson, who finished the game with 11 rushes for 108 yards, scored on an 18-yard run to extend the lead to 32-21.

Chappelow connected with Jackson Parker for a 44-yard touchdown throw in the fourth quarter that turned out to be the final scoring of the game.

Chappelow completed 10-of-18 pass attempts for 155 yards. Parker finished with five catches for 87 yards.

Lux led the ground game with 154 yards on 14 carries.

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