Confident Spartans head to Harrisonville Friday night

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

There are no fond memories of the last time the Richmond Spartans visited Harrisonville. The Wildcats abruptly ended the 2003 season for the Spartans with a 42-0 victory in the Class 3 semifinals as Harrisonville was beginning a string of five consecutive Show-Me Bowl appearances. The Wildcats went on to win the state title that year, and after falling in the finals the next year ran off a string of three championships.

The Spartans return to Cass County Friday night for a 7 p.m. kickoff with the Wildcats. Richmond fresh off a 40-13 win at Excelsior Springs last week enters this weeks meeting with a little more confidence as the Spartans found the win column for the first time in three weeks. Spartan coach Rob Bowers said last week’s win taught his young team a lesson in preparation.

“It justifies that if they do what we tell them, they have a chance to be successful,” he said. “Friday night showed them that was the case. We had a good week of practice and looked sharp and when we came out Friday, we played like we practiced. That’s another lesson they have to learn – normally you play Friday night like you practiced that week.”

Harrisonville, now a Class 3 school, won at Bolivar 35-12 last week after splitting its first two games. The Wildcats opened with a 20-14 win over St. Joseph Benton, and for the third year in a row, fell to Savannah 14-0.

Bowers knows his team is in for a challenge, but reminds them they are playing this year’s edition of the Wildcats and not the team that dominated in the early 2000’s.

“They’re big and they have an outstanding tradition,” he said. “This year’s team is no different. They’re sound fundamentally and play hard and aggressive. They’re big and will present a challenge for our team to go in there. We don’t have to play against all the good teams they’ve had in the past – we just have to play this year’s team and focus on that.”

The complete story is in the Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 Richmond News

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