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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
In a game that featured big plays, the Holden Eagles needed each one to hold off the Richmond Spartans Friday night at Tom Adams Field in an MRVC East clash. Both teams combined for 885 yards of offense as Holden held off the Spartans 42-38 for its fifth win in seven contests.
Led by the running of Max Mickey, the Eagles piled up 463 yards on the ground, plus another 47 in the air as the No. 4 ranked Class 2 team pushed its league mark to 2-1, while Richmond dropped to 1-2 in conference and 3-4 overall. Mickey, the All-State running back, ended the night with 354 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Mickey scored on runs of four, three, 13, 83 and 81 yards as the Eagles had five plays over 20 yards.
Holden quarterback Jeff Miller added 52 rushing yards on eight carries, with Austin Tevis adding 57 yards on 11 attempts with a touchdown.
“We didn’t tackle very well,” Richmond Coach Rob Bowers said. “Those are two really good backs, but we didn’t tackle very well. We were awful. Tackling is 90 percent want-to and I think we were a little intimidated by them and we need to get over that.”
The Spartans were not without their own offensive highlights. Richmond put 220 rushing yards on the board with three touchdowns, while adding 155 through the air. The Spartans had a half-dozen plays over 20 yards, however, Holden turned Richmond’s two fumbles into a pair of touchdowns. Holden lost one fumble, but the Spartans could not cash in.
“We turned it over a couple of times and it cost us,” Bowers said. “Then we were down in the red zone twice and came away with nothing and you can’t do that. We had a couple of missed opportunities and then we get a turnover late in the game and we didn’t convert. We need to do a better job of that.”
Richmond jumped on top early as the Spartans scored on their first two possessions of the game behind the running of quarterback Quinton Maxwell who ended the night with 143 rushing yards on 15 carries.
The complete story is in the Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 Richmond News.