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Despite loss, Bowers sees young Spartans growing, improving

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

After losing a Homecoming contest last week at Higginsville, the Richmond Spartans hope to fare a little better in their own Homecoming game Friday night as they welcome the Carrollton Trojans to Tom Adams Field. Despite their 35-6 loss to the top-ranked Class 2 Huskers, RHS Coach Rob Bowers saw some positives.

After a tough first half defensively, the Spartans turned it up a notch over the final two periods against an explosive Higginsville squad.

Bowers was also pleased with his running game that out-gained the Huskers. Quarterback Quinton Maxwell had his best running game of the season by picking up a team-high 60 yards on 13 carries.

“He’s a good athlete, big kid and he runs well,” Bowers said. “We’ve tried to bring him along slowly since he is just a sophomore and try not to pile everything on him. At this point in time, we’re starting to give him more responsibility in the run game and I think he will do a good job with it.”

However, Bowers feels his Spartans, who rushed for 167 yards, could have had an even more productive night.

“They put eight guys on the line and bring two linebackers every time, and our kids did a nice job,” he said. “On the other hand, we would have had more yards if we hadn’t had so many mistakes in our blocking assignments. I was disappointed that we didn’t block things the way we had in practice that week.”

Bowers adds that his Spartans need to improve in the passing game.

“We need to throw it better, catch it better and protect the quarterback better,” he said.

While Richmond was falling to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the MRVC East last week, Carrollton continued its struggles by falling for the fifth time this season – 33-13 to Knob Noster in the Trojan Homecoming game.

The complete story is in the Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 Richmond News.



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