The high school football season is still weeks away and Richmond will kick things off August 21 at Connersville. Today we are taking a quick look at what to expect game-by-game and review what happened in 2019:
WEEK ONE: AUGUST 21 @ CONNERSVILLE: The Red Devils travel to Connersville to take on the Spartans to kick-off the 2020 football season. Richmond has owned this series dating back to 1950. The Red Devils have won 22 of 23 match-ups, including last year’s 41-21 win at Lybout Field. The Tony Sonsini era got off to a fast start by scoring 21 first quarter points then added another 20 in the third. RB Wyatt Byrd led the Devils offense with 215 yards on the ground. Freshman QB Drew VanVleet threw for 154 yards in his first varsity start. WR Marquis Johnson had a huge game with 109 receiving yards and three scores. Richmond racked up 402 yards of total offense. The Spartans will look to get off to a better start behind QB Adam Kelly who will enter his senior season with RB Chad Owens and Gavin Lynch in the backfield. Leading receiver Gavin Lynch also returns for the Spartans. The last time Connersville beat Richmond was the 2017 season when the Spartans won 22-16.
WEEK TWO: AUGUST 28 VS. MT. VERNON: In game two last season at Mt. Vernon, the Marauders jumped out quickly and put the Red Devils in a hole they were unable to recover from. Mt. Vernon beat the Red Devils 45-14. Richmond managed just 236 yards of total offense (Wyatt Byrd rushed for 115). Mt. Vernon will be strong again this season with the return of QB Gehrig Slunaker who threw for 202 yards in last year’s match-up. Leading rusher Rylan Cole also returns. The Marauders finished at 11-3, their best finish since the 2012 season (11-2).
WEEK THREE: SEPTEMBER 4 @ INDIANAPOLIS TECH: It was NOT a good night for the Red Devils losing the NCC opener in 2019 54-7. QB Jayden Elliott led the Titans with 146 rushing yards and 2 scores. Elliott returns for this year’s match-up. Richmond managed just 92 yards of total offense. The Titans will have a different look with former Marion Giants Coach Craig Chambers taking over at Tech.
WEEK FOUR: SEPTEMBER 11 VS. MUNCIE CENTRAL: The Red Devils rebounded with a huge win at Muncie Central last season 16-12. It wasn’t a pretty game, but it was a much needed win. The Bearcats will look for revenge with starting QB Max Pittman returning along with RB Shoka Griffin. Griffin rushed for 201 yards and scored twice in the loss last season. Griffin will be a load again after finishing the season with 1,569 yards and 17 TD’s in 2019.
WEEK FIVE: SEPTEMBER 18 @ MARION: Marion rolled over Richmond by scoring 42 points in the first quarter alone. The final, 63-7. The Red Devils will have to contend with another top running back in Khalid Stamps rushed for 132 yards in last season’s win and averaged 18.9 yards per carry. The Giants will have a new head coach after Coach Chambers left for Indy Tech. The last time Richmond played at Marion, the Giants beat Richmond 57-0. The last time the Red Devils beat the Giants at Marion was in 2015 48-7.
WEEK SIX: SEPTEMBER 25 VS. LOGANSPORT: Richmond gets McCutcheon off the schedule this season and is replaced by Logansport. The last time Richmond played the Berries was in 2017 when Abe Tawfeek was the Head Coach. Richmond lost 54-6 at Logan. The Berries went 2-8 last season under Head Coach Mike Johnson. Their lone NCC win was against Muncie Central 51-41.
WEEK SEVEN: OCTOBER 2 @ LAFAYETTE JEFF: In last year’s game at Lyboult, the Bronchos played without their starting QB. Back-up Brady Preston played extremely well going 17-27-238 yards and three scores in the 54-12 NCC win. Richmond’s offense struggled amassing only 82 yards of total offense. Richmond will have to face Senior QB Maximus Grimes in this game if he is healthy. Grimes threw for 1,886 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2019. Their top running back Marquis Munoz has graduated, but Thomas Hogan and Brandon Norton return.
WEEK EIGHT: OCTOBER 9 VS. ANDERSON: The Red Devils traveled to Anderson last season and beat the Indians 21-18 thanks to a huge night by RB Wyatt Byrd. Byrd carried the football 59 times for 296 yards and three touchdowns. The Indians return QB M.J. Armstrong who finished the season with 1,040 passing yards and nine touchdowns. Armstrong will be joined by RB Trey Jordan as the Indians top two playmakers.
WEEK NINE: OCTOBER 16 @ HARRISON: Richmond takes Kokomo off the schedule and replaces them with Harrison. The Raiders finished 9-3 overall last season, 6-1 in the NCC. The Red Devils will be up against another excellent starting QB in Junior Tyler Knoy. Knoy passed for 1,318 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2019. Also returning will be RB Omarion Dixon (1,642 rushing yards) and 18 touchdowns. The last time Richmond played Harrison was in 2017. The Raiders won at Lyboult 62-7.