By Russ Green-Sports Editor
When the Richmond Spartans and Holden Eagles line up against each other Friday night at Tom Adams Field, there won’t be a lot of secrets between the two.
The Eagles, ranked No. 4 in this week’s Class 2 Sportswriters and Broadcasters poll, enter the 7 p.m. kickoff with a 4-2 overall record and 1-1 in the MRVC East after losing to Higginsville in overtime last week, 27-21. Holden’s only losses this season have come by six points to ranked teams – 12-6 to Oak Grove (No. 4 in Class 3) and Higginsville (No. 1 in Class 2).
Mike Hedrick begins his first year at Holden after moving over from Lone Jack. Hedrick was a former assistant under Spartan Head Coach Rob Bowers at Richmond and has also worked with Bowers at two all-star games as well.
Bowers said both teams will be very familiar with each other.
“What they do offensively is run our option – he took that with him,” Bowers said. “Their running attack is a lot like ours. When he was here he brought a lot of the passing game that I took from him and still use here. Our two offenses are very similar. He knows what we’re trying to do and I think I have a pretty good idea of what they’re trying to do.”
The Eagles will be trying to run the football – something which they have done fairly well the past three seasons. All-State senior running back Max Mickey, with a pair of 2,000-yard rushing seasons under his belt, is well on his way to a third.
The power back already has 1,326 yards on 149 carries this season behind a veteran line that features first-team, all-conference selection Dakota Tillotson (6-1, 250 lbs.). Mickey has scored 16 of Holden’s 23 rushing touchdowns this season.
Senior Jeff Miller began starting as a quarterback halfway through his freshman season. He has added 325 rushing yards while completing 23 of 49 passes for 289 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions this fall.
“Offensively they throw it just enough to keep you off balance, but what they want to do and what they are best at is just lining it up and sticking it at you,” Bowers said. “I’m sure we’ll see a heavy dose of that.”
The complete story is in the Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 Richmond News.