Spartans recover from slow start to dominate Carrollton

Spartan quarterback Quinton Maxwell bulls his way over from the one-yard line late in the third quarter of Richmond’s Homecoming win over Carrollton Friday night. Maxwell ran for 90 yards and passed for 160 more as the Spartans improved to 1-1 in conference and 3-3 overall. (Photos by Russ Green/Richmond News)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

After a less than promising start to their Homecoming showdown with visiting Carrollton Friday night at Tom Adams Field, the Richmond Spartans righted the ship and turned in a 39-0 MRVC East victory. Richmond’s second straight shutout over the Trojans pushed its record to 1-1 in league games and a split of the six games overall while Carrollton stayed winless for the season.

The Spartans began the night by giving the ball back to the visitors twice in the opening few minutes. After losing the ball on the opening kickoff, Richmond gave the ball back on a fumble on its first offensive possessions.

“First quarter was kind of an ugly deal,” Spartan Coach Rob Bowers said. “I don’t know whether we were too excited or what, I don’t know what the problem was. They settled down and I thought we played real well after that.”

The Richmond defense came up big following the two turnovers deep in its own territory keeping the Trojans out of the end zone, which set the tone for the rest of the night.

Carrollton could manage just 50 yards of rushing on 36 attempts, and quarterback Mark Hundley completed just seven of 21 passes for 26 yards with three interceptions – all of them by Lendarrius Pritchett.

Pritchett, in his second week back after suffering a broken finger in the jamboree, also provided a spark on the offense by hauling in four Quinton Maxwell passes for 144 yards and a touchdown. Bowers said he wanted to get his junior receiver the ball a little more this week.

“He’d been out five weeks so we wanted to get him in last week, but it just takes a little bit, but tonight we were able to get him the ball more,” he said. “He’s a good player and we’ve got to take advantage of it.”

Maxwell had his season-best 160 yards passing with seven completions on 11 attempts. In addition, the sophomore signal caller had 90 rushing yards on five carries with a touchdown.

The complete story is in the Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 Richmond News.

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