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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Richmond Spartans grabbed two quick scores Friday night at the Interscholastic League Stadium against Kansas City Central and were never really challenged as the Spartans rolled to a 40-0 win over the Eagles.
The Spartans took just two plays to score on the opening possession of the game, and then after recovering an onside kick added another touchdown as they improved to 3-1 heading into this week’s MRVC East opener with Higginsville. Richmond coach Rob Bowers said grabbing the quick lead was not necessarily such a good thing.
“We kind of lost our concentration,” he said. “That’s kind of the way our season has been early with peaks and valleys. We came out and looked good right off the bat and then hit a valley where weren’t doing much of anything right. We got that late score in the first half and then came back out and played much better.”
While the Richmond offense sputtered a bit in the second quarter, the Spartans still managed to end the night with 155 rushing yards on 31 attempts. Quarterback Quinton Maxwell led the way with 84 yards on 5 attempts – his first carry going for a 69-yard touchdown run on the second play of the night. Maxwell also completed 9 of his 10 passes for 99 yards and three more touchdowns to three different receivers.
Dylan Seely grabbed 6 of those passes for 69 yards and his second touchdown of the season. Seely also ran the ball 3 times for 14 yards including his first rushing touchdown of the campaign.
After Richmond grabbed the early lead, the defense did its job and kept Central (2-2) out of the end zone. Bowers said the defensive game plan was to make the Eagles earn their way downfield.
“I just felt like they would struggle having to go the length of the field to score,” he said. “I thought they could break a big play, and I thought we did a good job of stopping that. I think we only gave up two or three all game and then we didn’t let them get in the end zone.”
The defense came up with 4 sacks – 2 by Brock Bowers and one each from Kanon Franklin and Reece Milligan. Dominic Nobile had 9 tackles with Shane Battagler in on 8 stops, with Bowers and Dakota Peel making 6 each. Brock Stokes and Seely had one interception apiece, and Jordan Beck had a fumble recovery for the defense. Stokes also had 7 tackles.
The Spartan defense allowed just 39 rushing yards on 27 attempts, and 130 passing yards on 7 completions. One of those completions was for 67 yards, but the defense kept the Eagles out of the end zone.
The complete story is in the Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 Richmond News.