By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Not a lot of style points involved, but the Richmond Spartans easily advanced to the next round of Class 3, District 8 play Friday night at Tom Adams Field. The Spartans scored on their first possession of the game and never looked back in a 46-0 win over Kansas City Northeast. Richmond, now 7-3, will travel to Cameron Wednesday at 7 p.m. to meet the Dragons, who are also 7-3 following their district-opening 60-8 rout of Central Academy.
The Spartans marched 65 yards on 8 plays after taking the opening kickoff to grab a 6-0 lead with Tommy Wedgeworth capping the march on a 4-yard run. The Spartans would end the night picking up 252 rushing yards on 40 attempts. Quinton Maxwell completed his final five pass attempts to go 7 of 10 throwing overall and finish with 114 yards through the air.
Slippery field conditions and an unexpected rain shower in the second half also added to the offensive struggles. Richmond coach Rob Bowers said his Spartans did not appear to be as crisp as they had been recently.
“We didn’t have a series where we looked on top of our game,” he said. “That’s frustrating. Hopefully we’ll grow out of it, but we’re running out of time to grow out of it this year. I keep hoping it will click in where we’re consistent as we need to be for an entire ballgame.”
Once again the defense created turnovers with three interceptions. Daymean Probst grabbed his fifth interception of the season; Dylan Seely had an interception for the seventh straight game, and lineman Alex Vance stepped in front of a Viking pass and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Vikings managed just 133 yards on the ground on 32 attempts, and were held to 8 yards through the air on 4 completions.
“We played well defensively,” Bowers said. “We gave up some plays and allowed them to change field position and hold the ball. We weren’t as sharp defensively as I thought we’ve been the last couple of weeks.”