High School Football Preview: Richards looks to bounce back after spring growing pains
BULLDOGS AT A GLANCE
CONFERENCE: South Suburban Red
HEAD COACH: Tony Sheehan
2019 RECORD: 10-2
2021 SPRING RECORD: 3-3
2021 FALL OUTLOOK: When it comes to wins and losses, the abbreviated spring season didn’t mean as much for teams that emphasized player development and building toward the “real” season. The Bulldogs’ 3-3 performance still stung, however, with losses to conference and district rivals Eisenhower and Shepard.
It was only the third time in 43 seasons Richards has not posted a winning record, but one highlight was winning the crosstown rivalry with a 42-0 victory over Oak Lawn.
The Bulldogs are fired up to build on the valuable experience a core group of young players received in the spring.
“We were very, very, young in the spring,” coach Tony Sheehan said. “We played a lot of kids to gain experience for this fall. We had a great summer of competition for jobs that will spill over to the fall.
“We expect to be very competitive this year. We expect to bounce back.”
Players expected to provide offensive firepower include Donnie Burton and Jadon Wilson. Burton is a junior playmaker who lines up all over the field — including under center — and combines speed and elusiveness with the ability to catch and throw. Wilson, a senior, is a bruising power back who can move a pile but is also dangerous in the open field.
That bounce-back won’t be easy early in the season with the Bulldogs taking on private-school powers Nazareth and Marist on the road in their first two games, respectively.
The Bulldogs have a new turf field they figure to unveil on Sept. 10 against Argo.
DID YOU KNOW?: Richards started playing football in 1965 and had never finished at exactly .500 until the spring 2021 season.
Aug. 27 at Nazareth, 7
Sept. 3 at Marist, 6
Sept. 10 Argo, 7
Sept. 17 Shepard, 7
Sept. 24 at Oak Lawn, 7
Oct. 1 Eisenhower, 7
Oct. 8 at Evergreen Park, 7
Oct. 15 Hillcrest, 7
Oct. 22 Reavis, 7
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