Richmond football coach Rob Bowers felt his team was equipped for a deep postseason last fall. Instead, it was eliminated in the second round of the Missouri Class 3 playoffs.
That’s the negative. The positive? Well, seven starters return on both sides of the ball — and they are all plenty motivated to make 2014 end on a better note.
“We didn’t feel like we played well in our last game, and that’s a deal where you want to get past the point where you got (last year),” Richmond coach Rob Bowers said. “We’re a young team, but we feel like we have the potential to be good down the road later in the season.”
Quarterback Quinton Maxwell is already there. Maxwell, a senior, is a dual-threat quarterback who committed to Ohio over the offseason.
“Anytime you start your offense with a Division I quarterback, that’s a good starting point,” Bowers said. “He throws the ball really well, and we’ve seen him run for almost 300 yards in a game. So everything starts with him.”
But it certainly doesn’t end there. Junior tailback Tommy Wedgeworth is another returning starter, and he will also be a key player in the secondary, along with senior Sam Owens.
Kanon Franklin and Seth Plymell are also returning starters for the defense.
“Defensively, we’re not as big as what we’ve been, but we’re quick,” Bowers said. “So to make up for our lack of size, we’re going to have to use our speed, be fundamentally sound and keep ourselves in good position. And, of course, we’re going to have to be good tacklers.”