GATESVILLE — Meeting for the 10th time in the postseason since 2000, the Richland Springs Coyotes collected their seventh playoff win over the Calvert Trojans — and 11th consecutive victory this season — with a 60-47 triumph in Class A Division II Region IV semifinal action here Friday night.
With the victory, No. 8 Richland Springs (11-1) will move on to face No. 7 Oakwood (9-3) — a 51-6 winner over Blanket Friday night — for the Class A Division II Region IV championship next weekend. Calvert ends its season with an 8-3 record.
In a second period that featured 56 points between the two teams, Richland Springs scored the final two touchdowns of the half to wrestle away the momentum.
Down 26-20, Matthew Rigdon’s 14-yard touchdown run at the 2:20 mark, coupled with Jared Martin’s two-point kick, put the Coyotes in front for good, 28-26.
Then, with 40 seconds to go before the break, Rigdon scored again from 1 yard out, and Martin added another two-point kick, to push the Richland Springs’ lead to 36-26 at halftime.
The Coyotes’ run of 24 straight points reached its culmination at 5:30 of the third period on an 8-yard toss from Matthew Rigdon to Griffin Rigdon, and another Martin two-point kick, as Richland Springs’ lead reached 18 points, 44-26.
Leading 52-34, Richland Springs surrendered consecutive Calvert touchdowns on passes of 3 and 28 yards as the Trojans closed the gap to 52-47 with 7:30 left.
But Matthew Rigdon iced the victory with a 28-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Grant with 4:50 remaining for the final 13-point margin.
Richland Springs finished with 427 yards — 226 passing and 201 rushing — and two turnovers, while Calvert generated 426 yards — 388 through the air and 38 on the ground — with a pair of turnovers.
Matthew Rigdon completed 12 of 17 passes for 226 yards and three scores, and rushed for 149 yards and three more touchdowns. Griffin Rigdon added 69 yards and a touchdown on the ground, a team-high four catches for 64 yards and a score and a 79-yard kick return for six points. Martin hauled in a 60-yard scoring reception, Grant scored from 28 yards out, Josiah Beam grabbed three catches for 42 yards and Cameron Parham finished with three receptions covering 32 yards.
K.J. Simon led the Coyote defense with seven tackles trailed by six and an interception from Matthew Rigdon, five tackles from Parham and 4.5 from Martin.