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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
It was a long night at Spartan Stadium on Tom Adams Field for both the Richmond Spartans and visiting Lawson Cardinals. However, it was the Cardinals making the long night even longer for Richmond as they picked up their first victory of the season while keeping the Spartans winless.
Lawson withstood a revitalized Richmond defense in the second half and both teams endured an hour and 15 minute lightning delay in the fourth quarter before the Cardinals left town with a 27-13 victory.
The Spartan offense struggled throughout the night, but the passing game found its stride over the final two periods with quarterback Quinton Maxwell throwing 37 times. The senior completed 16 of those for 231 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Dylan Seely grabbed eight for 141 yards and a touchdown. Maxwell hit nine of his 24 passes in the second half. The Spartans could manage just 69 rushing yards for the night.
Spartan coach Rob Bowers said that despite the numbers, the offense is not far from jelling.
“We’re getting better,” he said. “We’re close offensively to doing some good things. When we get turnovers, we have to capitalize on them. We missed two opportunities in the first half and that was big.”
Lawson controlled the first quarter, as the Cardinals were able to run 14 plays in the opening 12 minutes, while Richmond had just nine snaps from scrimmage. The Cardinals scored on their first possession as they marched 68 yards in nine plays with Damien Sapp breaking loose for a 28-yard touchdown run. Sapp ended the night with 63 yards rushing on eight carries, while also catching three passes for 33 more yards. Oscar Martin’s kick gave the Cards a 7-0 lead with 6:42 remaining in the opening frame. The next two Lawson possessions ended in turnovers deep in Richmond territory as Seely recovered a fumble on the Spartan one-yard line and his interception on the following possession ended a Lawson threat at the 10. However, the RHS offense could not take advantage.