It was homecoming for the Richmond Spartans Friday night with beautiful weather and a full house. That was as good as it got though as the Lafayette County C-I Huskers were in town looking to stay undefeated at 4-0. The Spartans were 3-1 coming into this contest.
The first quarter was scoreless as both defenses came up with big plays including an interception thrown by Huskers junior quarterback Matt Gibson at the Spartan 6. Richmond was unable to capitalize on that late first quarter turnover. As the second quarter got underway Lafayette County would strike with 10:50 left in the first half on a 19 yard run by senior running back Marcus Elmore, making it 7-0.
Lafayette would strike again about seven minutes later with a 39-yard strike through the air from Matt Gibson to junior running back Colton Williams with 3:54 left in the half. The point after was good and the Huskers were rolling 14-0 over the Spartans.
Richmond continued to be manhandled along the front line with pressure constantly coming off the left side at Richmond quarterback and junior Quinton Maxwell. Maxwell was harassed every time he dropped back, but was able to scramble and avoid sacks for most of the night. That pressure though, never let up.
As the first half ticked down, the Huskers marched down-field to the Spartans 2 and looked about to go up by three touchdowns, but a mismanaged down by the Huskers led to them stalling at the 2 as the clock ran out. At the half it was 14-0 with the Spartans still in the ball game.
The Huskers would come out firing again with a sustained drive in the opening minutes of the third and with 9:30 left running back Marcus Elmore would scramble in from the 1 and put the Huskers up 21-0 after the successful point after.
Richmond could never get traction and continued to sputter with a three and outs. From there it was all Huskers as they had another touchdown pass. Gibson would go 28 yards through the air to Colton Williams, Huskers 27 Spartans 0.
The Huskers would get the ball back quickly and drove the ball 78 yards, taking eight plus minutes off the clock. At the 10:10 mark of the fourth quarter, Colton Williams would get his third TD of the night from the Spartan 5. The two point conversion failed and the Huskers were up 33-0, with ten minutes to play.
Lafayette County would force the Spartans into punting the ball and then go on a six minute plus drive before missing a 29 yard field goal. But by then there was no time left and the clock wound down on Richmond.
The Spartans fall to 3-2 with a game next Friday against the suddenly surging Carrollton Trojans who have now won two in a row.
The Huskers remain unbeaten at 5-o and will face the Holden Eagles who are 4-1 next Friday.