Spartans, Eagles getting back to full strength for stretch run

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

After splitting their first two MRVC East games, both the Holden Eagles and Richmond Spartans will try to get over the break-even mark in league when they meet Friday night on Tom Adams Field. The Spartans enter Friday’s 7 p.m. kickoff with two wins in their six games this season and last Friday night’s 35-8 win over Carrollton helped to erase the disappointment of falling at Higginsville the week before.

Richmond coach Rob Bowers said Friday’s domination of the Trojans was sparked by the defense and it’s goal-line stand early.

“They made a great goal line stand on their first series after Carrollton drove down there,” he said. “That was big in the game and changed the momentum because two plays later we had that long run and scored, which gave us basically a two-touchdown swing. They kind of fed off that.”

The Eagles, coached by one of Bowers’ former assistants, Mike Hedrick, have been up and down this season and are 3-3 overall. After rolling Lexington a week earlier, the Eagles dropped a 28-14 decision to visiting Higginsville last week. The Huskers returned a kickoff and an interception for scores to remain unbeaten and take control of the conference race.

It has been an up-and-down season for the Eagles, but after some early-season suspensions and injuries, coach Hedrick’s squad appears to be getting closer to full strength. Most of the Eagles starting linemen return and pave the way for senior back Austin Tevis. In four games this season, Tevis has 623 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging 6.6 yards per carry.

“Their offense rolls through Tevis,” Bowers said. “They play him at tailback, they play him at fullback when they want to run the option. When he runs the option at fullback, you have to a couple of guys assigned to the dive or he’ll just bulldoze for four or five yards. If you do that, that puts you a little light on the quarterback and the pitch on the option.”

The complete story is in the Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 Richmond News.

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