2017-09-13 / Sports

Pioneers can’t overcome slow start

Fall to unbeaten Richmond

CROSWELL – A year ago, it took a last minute touchdown for the Richmond Blue Devils to escape defeat against the Cros-Lex Pioneers. This time around, the Devils built an early lead and then held off a Pioneer comeback.

Richmond, now 2-0 in BWAC football and 3-0 overall, fought off a big passing night from C-L quarterback Joey Johnston for a, 38-28, win at Cros-Lex (1-1, 2-1).

The Pioneers, who turned the ball over four times on the night, could not overcome the Blue Devils’ fast start and a, 20-6, lead by halftime. The two teams exchanged TDs from there.

“Richmond came out ready to play. They scored early and we flat-lined,” pointed out C-L coach Garrett Grundman. “Our inability to run the football effectively and turning the ball over three times didn’t work in our favor as well.”

Johnston, a junior, connected on a six yard touchdown pass to Jake Noll, for the Pioneers’ lone score in the first half.

In the third quarter, C-L had an 85 yard touchdown run from Max Terry and a TD scamper of 10 yards from Johnston to stay in the game, However, Richmond also scored twice in that quarter – one a Chase Churchill 21 yard TD pass and the other on a 77 yard run by Noah Montenari.

In the fourth quarter, Churchill’s 21 yard touchdown pass helped secure the win.

Johnston made the final score close, though, with a 16 yard TD pass to Austin Deview.

For the night, Johnston was 17 of 29 passing for 254 yards. Seven different receivers caught, at least, one pass. Noll had four catches for 42 yards. Paul Scaramuzzino had two for 65 yards.

The Pioneers, though, netted just 22 yards on the ground.

Richmond had 260 yards rushing and 149 yards passing.

“The kids came around, at the four minute mark in the 3rd quarter and we battled,” added Grundman. “I’m proud of the way the kids bounced back being down, 28-6, in the 3rd. In order for us to continue to be successful, though, the boys must come fired up and play four quarters of good football.

“We will sure things up this week,” said Grundman, “and be prepared for Almont on Friday.”

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