Speed hold on to beat Renegades, 34-28

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

HAMLET — The first half of the East Coast Football Association was all Richmond County, as the Speed overwhelmed the visitors from High Point on a sunny, 78-degree afternoon at Hamlet Middle School.

The second half was another matter entirely.

Daunte Mcglaughin scored the game-winning touchdown for the Speed as time expired, halting the Renegades’ second-half rally. Mcglaughin finished with 67 yards rushing but he wasn’t the offensive highlight of the day.

Quarterback Mike Johnson finished with 275 passing yards and three touchdowns, plus another 80 yards and a score on the ground, to lead Richmond County. Ross Tillman tallied 120 receiving yards and two scores for the Speed while B.J. Whitten had 75 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Team defense recorded four interceptions, including two by Dontae Fordham and one each by Reggie Terry, Whitten and Kenny Flack.

Darryl Coleman registered 1.5 sacks and a blocked a punt, while Lance Clark had 2.5 sacks.

Richmond County Speed coach Dedrick Petty said his team, still in its first season in the ECFA, sometimes has issues putting all four quarters together. He said a lack of focus on his team’s part helped allow the Renegades back into the game in the second half. The visitors took advantage of two quick touchdowns, including a kickoff return for a score.

“That’s the hardest test for us,” Petty said of his team remaining focused throughout the game.

The Speed move to 3-4 on the season with three road games to finish out the regular season.

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