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Spartans looking for consistency in first road test of the year

Richmond fullback Timmy Beasley meets a pair of Cardinal defenders early in Friday night’s game against visiting Lawson. The RHS junior had four carries for 21 yards. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

Richmond fullback Timmy Beasley meets a pair of Cardinal defenders early in Friday night’s game against visiting Lawson. The RHS junior had four carries for 21 yards. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

After dropping their first two games of the 2014 season at home, the Richmond Spartans will try their luck on the road for the first time Friday night. The Spartans will travel to Excelsior Springs to meet the Tigers in a 7 p.m. kickoff seeking to break into the win column.

Richmond will tangle with a Tiger team that has split their first two games of the season. Excelsior dropped its opener to a much-improved Warrensburg squad 14-7 before bouncing back last week to grab a 28-6 win at Cameron.

Despite a 27-13 loss last week to Lawson, the young Spartans turned in a better performance than the week before. Richmond coach Rob Bowers said he continues to see some good things as his Spartans continue their on-the-job training. Bowers said the Spartans’ margin for error is not very big.

“Self-inflicted wounds are killing us – mental mistakes, missed assignments and we’re giving up big plays,” he said. “Offensively we’re doing the same things that are keeping us from moving the chains and getting big plays. We’re getting better. There were fewer of those types of mistakes Friday night, but it’s a work in progress.”

One area of improvement Bowers liked was the decrease in turnovers. After giving the ball away three times against O’Hara, the Spartans committed just one turnover last Friday night.

After the Spartans fell behind by two scores in the first half, Richmond had to abandon the running game. The Spartans threw 37 times Friday night – 24 of those in the second half.

“The problem with throwing that much is that if you don’t complete them you don’t use as much time on the clock and puts more pressure on your defense,” Bowers said. “At this point in time, we’re trying to take pressure off our defense. We would like to both run and throw the ball and control the clock a little more.”

Lawson held a 10-minute advantage in time of possession even though Richmond ran 12 more plays from scrimmage and held a 307-282 edge in total yards. Lawson ran the ball 36 times and threw 19 more, while the Spartans ran the football 30 times.

Bowers added throwing the ball can still be a strength for his team.

“We want to throw the ball when we want to – not because we have to,” he said.

The complete story is in the Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 Richmond News.

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