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Young Spartans learn lessons at jamboree

Sophomore tailback Tommy Wedgeworth (10) shakes off a Smithville defender late in the annual football jamboree held Friday night at Knob Noster. The Spartans and all the area teams begin the new season Friday night. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

Sophomore tailback Tommy Wedgeworth (10) shakes off a Smithville defender late in the annual football jamboree held Friday night at Knob Noster. The Spartans and all the area teams begin the new season Friday night. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

Richmond Coach Rob Bowers and his staff got a chance to see how the rebuilt offensive and defensive lines would perform against different competition Friday night at the Knob Noster jamboree.

Richmond allowed a touchdown in its first session against Chillicothe and in the final varsity scrimmage against Smithville, the Warriors used big plays to score three times. In between, the Spartan junior varsity had very little trouble in its scrimmage against the host Panther JV.

The Spartan offense could not find the end zone against Chillicothe or Smithville, but Bowers said the experience gained Friday gave them something to build on.

“We had three guys on the offensive line that didn’t even play football last year,” he said. “They’re not where we would like for them to be of course at this point in time. They are also a lot better than when we started and as a group, they’re getting better.”

Richmond surrendered a pair of offsides penalties against the Chillicothe offense to begin the night. The Hornets took advantage and on their eighth play of the 12-play series, scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak. The Hornets had a 36-yard touchdown pass called back due to a penalty.

 The complete story is in the Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 Richmond News.

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