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The Richmond Spartan freshmen scored the first 30 points Monday night as they rolled past visiting Trenton 44-16 at Woodson Field.
The Spartan ground game was so effective that Richmond put the ball in the air only two times – completing both for 18.
Gabe Vandiver led the rushing with 122 yards on just five attempts as the Spartans gobbled up 231 yards on 27 runs.
The special teams also chimed in with long kickoff returns and a blocked punt that was turned into a touchdown, and a fumble recovery by the defense helped set up another easy Richmond score.
Quarterback Kyle Carroll capped Richmond’s opening possession with a 14 yard run and then passed for the conversion to Cody Gorham for an 8-0 Spartan lead.
The first Trenton possession ended when Trent Dial blocked a Bulldog punt. Luke Casebolt picked up the ball at the Trenton 36 and took it to the end zone for a 14-0 lead.
Dial later recovered a Trenton fumble for the Spartans to set up Gorham’s 25-yard touchdown run followed by Vandiver’s run for conversion for a 22-0 Spartan advantage heading into the second period.
Vandiver broke free for an 88-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter for the only scoring in that frame. Luke Hook ran the conversion to give the home team a 30-0 bulge at the half.
Hook then answered the Bulldog’s first points of the night when he returned the ensuing kickoff 43 yards to the Trenton 37 and then carried the remaining distance to the end zone just 16 seconds following the Bulldog score.
The Carroll-to-Dial pass for the conversion gave Richmond a 38-8 lead.
The Spartans quickly answered another Trenton touchdown in the fourth quarter when Hook returned the following kickoff 80 yards for the final 44-16 count. Hook ended the night with 62 rushing yards on 3 carries.
Colby Bowers, Hook and Billy Michaels led the Richmond defense with 5 tackles each.