Spartans make it four in a row over the Minutemen

Spartan quaterback Quinton Maxwell (11) breaks away from a few Lexington defenders during Friday night’s 42-8 win over the Minutemen. Maxwell ran for a pair touchdowns and 111 yards to help the Spartans win the Saluda Bell for the fourth straight year. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

The Richmond Spartans not only kept a firm grasp on the Saluda Bell Friday night at Lexington with a dominating 42-8 victory, but also locked up third place in the MRVC East and third place in the Class 3, District 8 points standings with post-season play set to begin Friday night.

Richmond ends the regular season with a 3-2 mark in the MRVC East and a 5-4 record overall. The Spartans will host St. Pius Friday night at Tom Adams Field. The Spartans also recorded their first back-to-back victories for the year and coach Rob Bowers said it is time for his team to look forward.

“It’s been a strange year,” he said. “We can’t go back and change anything, so we just need to move ahead and hopefully we can get on a roll here and roll right on into the playoffs and make some noise.”

As has been the case most of the season, the Spartans had someone step up after an injury. Friday night it was Tevin Robinson’s turn. The Spartan senior, who was limited to defensive duties the last couple of weeks after recovering from an ankle injury, saw his first offensive action since the first week. Robinson rushed for 79 yards on a dozen carries with a pair of touchdowns as he took over for Jimmy Hamm, who was out with a broken hand suffered in last week’s win at Knob Noster.

“He did a nice job,” Bower said. “We’ve been waiting impatiently for him to get well enough. He’s still not the old Tevin yet, but he ran well tonight. He’s a good player. He played well defensively and sure filled a need when Jimmy went down.”

Robinson, Brock Stokes and Quinton Maxwell were in charge of a ground game that piled up 331 yards against the Minutemen, who end up 1-4 in the league and take a 3-6 record into districts. Stokes carried eight times for 77 yards, while Maxwell ran for 111 yards on seven carries with a pair of touchdowns. In addition, he completed 6 of 13 passes for 128 more yards with a touchdown and an interception.

The complete story is in the Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 Richmond News.

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