2022 Richmond Spiders Football - Prologue - St. Francis PA

mojo-spider

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though I didn't see last week's game in person, or on TV/Computer, I read enough and heard enough to believe the Spiders played well in many areas versus the Cavs...who would have guessed we'd have no offensive turnovers, or penalties?...that's usually a sign of a well coached football team ready to win...I thought it was an encouraging start to the season!

but it won't mean anything unless we use this game to keep improving...

last I read we were a 17+ point favorite over the Red Flash...Coach Huesman and the players made it pretty clear during the week what the team needed to improve coming off the UVA loss...more explosive offensive plays...better tackling...and defending the rushing lanes...if this team wants to break through in the CAA this is a game in which the foundation to do that gets stronger...we cannot take a step backwards versus the hardnosed and feisty Red Flash...

effort, execution and improvement are in order Saturday...a convincing win would be good medicine for the players, coaches, students and fans!... I'm hopeful we'll walk out of The Brick House satisfied with our improvement and progress!

enjoy the entire Prologue episode at the link...

Go Spiders!
 

KE Spider

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Nailed it IMO. Your Gang's predictions are more realistic than the original 17.5 spread put out. Be careful. These guys can sneak up on you, if you are sloppy with the ball.

Spiders should win, but doubt it is a cakewalk.
 
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2022 St. Francis (PA) vs Richmond​


Both Saint Francis and Richmond opened with Week 1 losses to FBS opponents, but both showed plenty in those decisions. The Spiders overcame a first-half deficit at Virginia and, for all intents and purposes, outplayed the Cavaliers after intermission.

The revamped Richmond offense showed plenty of promise in the debut for both coordinator Billy Cosh and quarterback Reece Udinski, while the two-headed backfield of running backs Aaron Dykes and Savon Smith provided more than ample ground-based punch to the air-raid look.

While the 34-17 final score is misleading in conveying just how competitive the Week 1 matchup played out, Saint Francis' 30-23 overtime loss at Akron details exactly how close the Red Flash were to scoring the win. SFU led going into the fourth quarter and scored a game-tying touchdown with 3:30 left in regulation, but could not answer Cam Wiley's touchdown carry in the extra frame.

Damon Horton buoyed a Red Flash rushing attack that spread 40 carries among seven players, gaining 86 yards on 18 touches with a touchdown.

Justin Sliwoski and Cole Doyle shared quarterbacking duties at Akron, attempting 17 and 16 passes respectively. Both are mobile, making it two weeks in a row that a Richmond defense undergoing some personnel changes up front face an opponent with capable ball-carriers behind center.

Brennan Armstrong went for 105 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. But after a first half that included a 64-yard gashing, the Spiders buckled down behind the leadership of Tristan Wheeler. The heat-seeking linebacker made 19 tackles as the young line settled in, most notably Jeremiah Grant.

Grant's five tackles and two for loss operating on the interior suggests Richmond may have its latest d-line star after thriving with standouts like Maurice Jackson, Kobie Turner and Darius Reynolds in recent years.

"He's one of those guys that's always trying to learn," Wheeler said of Grant. "This camp, he's busted his tail to get to the point [of] what he showed today. He's in there watching film with us, doing all the little things right. You prepare that way, it's going to show up in your performance come game time."

With SFU showing a multifaceted rushing approach, Richmond will need to replicate that second-half play in the Spiders' home opener to leave with the win.
 
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SF - just wait until someone tells them the “S” is missing and then it’s updated to “Robin’s Stadium” 🤦‍♂️
 

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Udinski with another turnover on the STFU 2 yard line ends the half. STFU 13 - VMI 14
 

SpiderK

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LT Byrd band in sweat pants and underwear are the halftime entertainment. They are better than our band though.
 

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That was an ugly half. Fumble at the end of the half really hurt. Some bad offensive penalties. Some poor tackling. Ugh. Not a good look.

STFU does have some good athletes though.
 
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90% of the students left at halftime. There must be a party at exit 4 off the Jersey Tpke.
 

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We were favored by 19 in this game. We got two turnovers and look disinterested. Clean out the whole coaching staff if we lose this game.
 
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Dykes is ok in the open field, but doesn’t gain one yard after initial contact.
 

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Few nice runs by Smith got us down to the 20 where poor play calling stopped us again. Made the field goal. STFU 13 - VMI 17
 

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