ORLANDO — Senior Xavier Richardson proved to be a major factor for the Immokalee offense and defense Friday.
The receiver was able to find openings in the defense and finished with six receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown.
His lone score came with no time left in the game and Immokalee trailing 21-14. Tshumbi Johnson found Richardson open next to the pylon for the score.
The starting strong safety came up with an interception in the first quarter but the Immokalee offense wasn’t able to capitalize the on the drive and had to punt.
“Xavier had some nice plays on both sides of the ball. He had a big game,” Indians coach Jerrod Ackley said. “He showed a lot of heart and battled hard. All of our players battled hard tonight.”
Richardson also came up with a big stop on the final play in the third quarter, deflecting a J.T. Bradwell pass into the end zone on third-and-goal.
On the next play Godby kicker Tryton Swigart-Johnson missed a 25-yard field goal attempt wide left.
But it wasn’t all good for Richardson on defense. He committed a personal foul penalty after stopping Godby running back Khalid Thomas from entering the end zone from 4 yards out.
Godby scored two plays later for its first touchdown of the game.
Entering the game with 19 catches and two touchdowns and seven interceptions, Richardson caught two passes on a late second-quarter drive.
Johnson connected with him on plays for 16 and 12 yards to set Immokalee up inside the 10-yard line.
Four plays later Immokalee botched the snap on a field-goal attempt and Johnson, the holder, threw an interception trying to salvage the play.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Richardson has verbally committed to the University of South Florida and finished his senior campaign with 25 catches for three touchdowns and eight interceptions.