RECORDS & AWARDS
FROM THE PRESS BOX
September 12, 2013Richmond High School
FROM THE PRESS BOX
Richmond’s football team stepped up last week in beating Anderson after losing to New Pal the previous week. You could tell from the beginning of the game, this was going to be a different outcome. I know people will look at the New Pal score and say the Dragons were a far better team, but I am not so sure that was the case. I don’t believe the Red Devils came ready to play that night. That’s why last week’s win was nice to see. The Red Devils came ready to play. Now Richmond moves on to the Marion Giants, a team that will have its starting QB returning and healthy. The Giants will also have their starting running back returning and healthy. This will not be an easy game for the Red Devils, if they don’t come to play. Depending on how you look at the NCC standing, this is officially the opening NCC game for the Giants after beating New Castle last week, which is now considered a non-conference game.
So what must the Red Devils do in order to win?
Run the football like they did against Anderson. For the first time this season, Ty Williams was able to run the ball effectively and that helped open up the passing game for Jordan Christian.
Have another good game from Jordan Christian. He threw for over 300 yards against the Indians and looked like a three year starter, not a quarterback who has played only six varsity quarters. Another good game will give him more confidence as the season progresses.
The offensive line must protect Jordan in the pocket. Anderson got several shots at Richmond’s starting QB last week. They must keep Jordan on his feet this week.
The pass defense must keep Marion QB Niko Trevino in check. Trevino is a dual threat QB who threw for 250 yards last week against the Trojans.
I loved Richmond using TE John Holland last week against the Indians. Offensive coordinator Ryan Halloran has given the Red Devils offense an added flair by throwing to Holland. Holland scored last week against Anderson.
Finally, Richmond has two games at home with Marion and Muncie Central. They must take advantage of playing in front of the home crowd and establish themselves as the front runner in the NCC before going to Kokomo in three weeks.