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Spartans hoping to solve mental errors, jitters from season opener

Dionte Marquez (10) and Kenton Delana (23) close in on Oak Grove running back Kenton Wilhoit. Wilhoit pounded out 262 yards on 28 carries to lift Oak Grove to a 31-14 win over the visiting Richmond Spartans Friday night. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News)

By Russ Green/Sports Editor

Richmond coach Rob Bowers and his staff knew his team would have a few struggles early in the season as they break in a new offensive and defensive line. The coaching staff got a good look in last week’s 31-14 loss at Oak Grove, but now are hoping to see some improvements Friday when they host Kansas City Northeast for the first game of the season on Tom Adams Field at 7 p.m.

Bowers said a lot of problems came due to mental errors.

“In the first half, we had two linemen who didn’t block anything correctly because they weren’t getting the signals right and running a different play than everybody else,” he said. “We had times where we were physically beaten, but there was less of that then there were mental mistakes such as blocking the wrong person, not coming off the ball and not doing some of the things we had worked on.”

The complete story is in Game On in the Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 Richmond News.

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