Friday night football returned to Lyboult Field, albeit in limited form.
Richmond’s football team stepped onto Lyboult’s turf for Friday’s scrimmage with Pendleton Heights, and left both with positives and some things to work on.
“We have a lot to learn from, but also some good things that happened,” said RHS senior lineman Scott Schaeffer. “This was pretty important to see what it’s like.”
Score was not kept during the controlled exhibition. Each team had a set number of plays or minutes during each possession, starting at different points on the field.
“The bottom line is, we’re still 0-0,” said third-year RHS coach Matt Holeva. “This is going to give us an opportunity to try and fix some things and get better. There were obviously some bright spots. We still have some work to do to prepare for Connersville and beyond.”
Richmond starts its 2014 campaign Aug. 22 at Connersville. The Red Devils halted the Spartans 23-7 in last year’s season opener. Richmond’s first regular-season home game is Aug. 29 against New Palestine.
RHS scored its first touchdown during the varsity portion of Friday’s scrimmage as junior quarterback Jordan Christian connected with Devon Mack.
Joey Daniels then quickly provided Richmond’s second TD on a running play.
“Offensively I don’t think we necessarily had a chance to showcase our passing game because we struggled with the offensive line a little bit, pass blocking, but I thought we did some things,” Holeva said. “We picked up some blitzes and did some things OK.
“We just have to evaluate and get better. If we’re going to be a better offensive football team, we have to maintain our blocks and give our quarterback a little bit of time.”
An early defensive highlight for Richmond was an interception of a Pendleton pass attempt by senior Randall Lambert. Lambert also played a part in a later sack of the Arabians’ quarterback, initiated by Division I-bound defensive lineman Nate Trawick.
“I thought inside linebackers covered some ground pretty well,” Holeva said. “We know what we’re going to get out of the defensive line, and I thought they did that.”
Holeva said the scrimmage was helpful to get the Red Devils into a routine.
“Just so they’re in a flow and they know what they’re doing,” he said. “Because of some depth issues, we haven’t really gone full, live tackle a whole lot. A lot of it’s been ‘thud.’ I suspected it would take us a while to get ready for game speed. Now we know what game speed is about. Now we know what it’s like.
“There are some things, scheme-wise, offensive-wise, I think we need to look at. So I think it (the scrimmage) is invaluable. Pendleton is a great team. … They are just going to make us get better for the regular season after we watch film.”
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