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RICHMOND FACING A SCARY OPPONENT FRIDAY

October 22, 2012
Richmond High School



AN EARLY LOOK AT FRANKLIN COUNTY

Troy Derengowski, Richmond’s Sports Page

So you are looking forward to a re-match with Franklin County?  I know the Red Devil football players are.  Especially the ones who played in last year’s 28-7 loss in the opening round of sectional play.  That 28-7 score was not as close as it may have indicated.  Richmond never really got off the bus.

Well we have some good news and some bad news as we get ready for Friday’s semi-final.  First, the good news.  Richmond is playing very well especially on defense.  Richmond is fresh off a 14-0 shutout of Shenandoah.  The last time Richmond pitched a shutout was in 1999 (57-0 over Muncie Central at the RCA Dome).    Richmond’s offense has at times looked very good and at other times they have sputtered.  But when your defense is playing this well, the offense doesn’t have to click game-in and game –out.   Second, the Red Devils are playing with a lot of confidence.  When talking to the players after the win over Shenandoah, you can just feel their excitement.  This team has bought in to Matt Holeva’s system and they are expecting to win every Friday.

Now let’s talk about Franklin County, the bad news.  Yes they are 5-5 following a 3-0 start.   Injuries have hurt them especially over the final two weeks of the regular season.  More on the injuries in a moment.   They have lost three games this season by a combined 12 points.  They are averaging 28.4 points per game and are coming off a big win over New Castle last week 39-20.

As for the injuries, the Wildcats have lost leading rusher Jesse Laker for the remainder of the year.  In their final game of the regular season, Franklin County played without three starting offensive and defensive linemen and lost to Mooresville 31-12.   Well, they are back and it showed in the win over the Trojans.  The Wildcats had 511 yards of total offense.  Back-up running back Layne Harnishfeger ran for 126 yards and scored two touchdowns.  QB Brett Campbell threw for two long touchdown strikes, including one to Travis Miller for 77 yards.  Campbell finished with 192 yards passing.   By the way, Harnishfeger has filled in nicely for the injured Laker.  He has led the Wildcats in rushing with 481 yards in three games.

Richmond will have to be ready to play Friday night.  Don’t let Franklin County’s 5-5 record fool you.


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