Richmond Academy knows what this week’s football game against Grovetown means.
With a win, the Musketeers would be the favorite to finish No. 2 in Region 3-AAA North, making it likely they would avoid Burke County and Washington County in a region play-in game for a Class AAA state playoff bid.
Senior lineman Marvin Davis isn’t getting ahead of himself.
“We know we have to win out,” Davis said. “It’s not even a (matter) of scenarios. We just need to win.”
After playing Grovetown, Richmond Academy (3-4 overall, 2-1 subregion) faces Westside before the crossover game.
His team struggled with tackling early in the season, but Musketeers coach Chris Hughes said some improvements have been made. Part of that might be attributed to the quality of recent opponents: Harlem and Josey are a combined 1-13. Still, Harlem’s 14 points against the Musketeers matched the Bulldogs’ scoring total from their previous six games. Even so, Davis said, practice has made a difference defensively.
On offense, Richmond Academy has a formidable 1-2 running back tandem of C.J. Welcher and Anthony Williams, similar to Grovetown’s Jamal Cummings, a 1,000-yard rusher, and Terrell Hughes. Combined, Williams and Welcher have rushed for more than 900 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.
Welcher rushed for 100 yards in three quarters against Harlem, and Hughes said the back, now healthier, will get plenty of carries this week.
As for Williams, he is taking snaps from the Wildcat formation. Williams is a fan of the setup because it means he gets the ball quickly and some pass plays have even been added for him.
Hughes said he doesn’t see much difference between his team and Grovetown’s, at least on paper or on film. He described both squads as having four or five standout athletes surrounded by role players.
Though he knows the Musketeers’ two-game winning streak came against inferior opponents, Hughes said he hopes the games started a run that continues after Friday’s final whistle.
“Winning is contagious,” Hughes said. “We know we need these wins.”