By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Not only will the Richmond Spartans be out to hold on to the Saluda Bell when they travel to Lexington to meet the Minutemen in the regular-season finale, but they hope to accomplish a few other things along the way. A win Friday would not only keep the Bell in Richmond for a fourth straight year, but also allow the Spartans to finish third in the MRVC East, and more importantly give them a shot at moving up one spot in the Class 3, District 8 points standings.
No. 2 East has 37.8 points, while Richmond enters the ninth week with 33.18. East will host 7-1 Pembroke Hill. The Spartans, at 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference race, have a shot at winning back-to-back games for the first time this season.
“I told the kids our playoffs started last week basically,” Richmond Coach Rob Bowers said. “We need to win out and get the seeding we want in districts, so it has the importance of that and of course anytime you play Lexington for the Bell Game it’s a special situation and I think our kids look forward to it.”
A No. 2 seed would give Richmond a chance to play at home through the first two games of district competition. Lexington brings a 3-5 overall mark and 1-3 MRVC East record into the 7 p.m. kickoff at Gil Rector Field. The Minutemen are currently locked into finishing no better than sixth in Class 2, District 8 despite a win earlier in the season over No. 5 Trenton which is 4-4.
Andy Lierman, a former Minuteman who played under coach Rector, now leads the Lexington football program after several years as an assistant at Liberty. Lexington won two of its first three games before dropping the next three contests. The Minutemen got back on the winning track with a 20-12 decision at Carrollton, but fell last week to Higginsville, 48-7.
The complete story is in the Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 Richmond News.