Tuesday Aug. 18, 2009
Augusta, Ga--From zero wins two years ago to six wins and a playoff spot a season ago, the tradition is starting to return for Richmond Academy. Taking the first step is big, taking another positive step would be even bigger.
No reason to think the Musketeers can't at least duplicate last year's six win season or even exceed the win total. Nine starters back on both sides of the ball so lack of experience won't be and can't be an excuse.
"I mean, it's going to help a lot because there's more time for people to learn the plays and more time to execute the plays." said Mar-Quaon Medlock
"I think last year we snuck up on some people" said coach Chris Hughes "We sure did play a lot of homecoming games and I think people realize that we're going to be a lot better this year and they're going to have to prepare better for us, so it's a different mindset for us as well."
Last year A.R.C. snuck up on teams and may have taken them by surprise. That won't happen this time around which means there's a different mindset for everyone involved. A big challenge that lies ahead is to improve on special teams. The loss of kicker Eric Osteen was a big one, so that's one area that needs a lot of improvement.
"Well we have some holes to fill. We need to be better on special teams. Last year we were fantastic on special teams and this year we need to make sure we're good on special teams, and take care of the ball. But we feel like we have the team that can be successful and make a run towards a region championship." added coach Hughes
With Mar-Quon Medlock back at quarterback, A.R.C. has a lot of options from the get go on offense. If folks stay healthy, no reason to think they won't be in the mix for a possible region title.