Thursday August 4, 2011
Augusta, Ga--The tradition of football at Richmond Academy goes back a long, long time. When Chris Hughes took over as coach five years ago, his goal was to rebuild that tradition. They are well on their way.
This year will be an interesting one off Walton Way. The Musketeers have lost all their skill players including the likes of Drek Reid and Don Quarles, but bring back both the offensive and defensive line. Most coaches would take that any day of the week. Now throw in the fact Richmond Academy's JV team has just a single loss in two years, and this year's team should be in good shape.
"It's going to help because we're going to be counting on those guys," says Hughes. "We lost all our skill guys so our JV skill guys are really going to have to take their place and play well. Now, we return both sides of the line and that's really going to help a lot. We're going to rely on both our offensive and defensive lines to carry us until our skill guys get ready to go."
"I think our spring game showed us that our younger back line, our running backs and stuff, can carry the load and we know that we can trust in them now," says senior Marvin Davis.
Keep an eye out for the name CJ Welcher. Coach Hughes is high on him carrying the ball, and he has varsity experience. It's likely Thomas Allison will be the starting quarterback after directing the JV squad. With guys like Will Jones and other big linemen, they should help keep some of the pressure off them until region play begins.