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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Despite a rugged start, the Richmond Spartans appeared to have everything going their way to pull off an upset Friday night at Holden. Richmond held a 3-point lead and was on the threshold of stretching that advantage with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game.
However, an apparent game-deciding touchdown was called back on a holding penalty and the Spartans failed to get back in the end zone with three more tries. The Eagles took over and used the legs of Austin Tevis to march downfield to score with 22 seconds remaining and avoided the upset bid with a 24-20 victory. Tevis’ second touchdown was the final play of his 277-yard, 32-carry night that lifted the Eagles to a 2-1 MRVC East mark and 5-2 overall record.
The Spartans, leading 20-17, had moved the ball to the Holden 3 and faced first and goal. Tommy Wedgeworth appeared to have scored the clincher, however, a penalty flag nullified the score and moved the ball back to the 17. A pair of incomplete passes sandwiched around a quarterback sack gave the ball back to the Eagles at the 17. Holden then turned to the reliable legs of Tevis, who carried seven times in the eight-play drive to put an end to Richmond’s upset bid.
Holden’s late march spoiled an otherwise good defensive effort by the Spartans. Richmond (4-3, 1-2) created four turnovers. Alex Wrisinger had a team-high 10 tackles and a fumble recovery, Shane Battagler jumped on an Eagle fumble, while Daymean Probst and Ryan Seely came up with one interception each.
“Defense played great,” RHS coach Rob Bowers said. “The offense tried to kill us in the first half, but the defense stepped up and made the stops and did a great job. At the end it comes down to making a play to win the game – they did and we didn’t.”
The complete story is in the Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 Richmond News.