Originally created 09/12/98

Richmond Academy tops Laney



Larry Lee admitted he was nervous Friday night. Opening night, new stadium, new coach, packed house -- more fans than he'd ever seen.

So it took Lee and the rest of his Richmond Academy teammates a while to settle themselves. When they did, the touchdowns came in bunches, and the Musketeers flattened Laney 48-0 in the debuts of coach Jim Hunters and refurbished ARC Stadium.

"I was a little scared," said Lee, who rushed for 132 yards and the Musketeers' two first-half touchdowns. "I'm not used to playing in front of this many people."

The night kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony to signify the opening of ARC Stadium, which originally opened in the '20s. It continued through halftime, when a slew of former Augusta greats -- including members of the Richmond Academy 1951 state championship team, '78 graduate and former Minnesota Viking Curtis Rouse and former Denver Bronco Arthur Marshall.

Following their introductions, the school put on a fireworks display any Independence Day celebration would envy.

"It's a real nice facility," said Marshall, the former Hephzibah star who is trying to hook on with another NFL team. "It would have been nice to play here a couple times."

For a while, the fireworks display provided the only excitement of the night, as Richmond Academy struggled to a 14-0 halftime lead that easily could have been cut in half if not for a clipping penalty on Laney that brought back Joe Malden's 65-yard TD scamper.

"(The fireworks) got us real excited ," Lee said. "We came out in the second half and really put them away."

Mohammad Rashada took the second-half kickoff straight up the middle for an 85-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead.

Drew Goldsmith capped a 54-yard drive with a two-yard plunge just four minutes later. Just more than a minute later, Jahmal Rainey returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown and a 28-0 lead.

"We made a lot of mistakes out there," Turner said. "But if you saw the game, you saw that we have some really good athletes."