Better late than never for the Red Devils.
Richmond was a late entry into Saturday’s 7-on-7 football event at Darrell Beane Stadium — but that didn’t stop the Red Devils from coming away undefeated.
Richmond went 7-0 on the day, defeating Pendleton Heights in the championship.
“I was really proud of our kids,” RHS coach Matt Holeva said by phone Saturday night. “It was a long day. We competed all day long and got better as the day went on.”
Richmond also recorded victories over Monroe Central, host Northeastern, Winchester, Cincinnati Aiken, Union City and Fort Wayne Wayne.
Holeva said he challenged his team to play emotionally, but keep an even keel.
“When bad things happened, we just kept playing and played through it,” Holeva said.
Richmond next has an 11-on-11 event on Friday at Jay County.
“They are getting more and more important,” Holeva said of summer events such as 7-on-7 play. “These things are important to teach the kids to compete. It also gets you up to game speed a little bit sooner.
“It was a good day of football. It’s exciting to win, but keep it in perspective — we got better.”
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