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Photos and Game Summary: VUU Wins a Rainy Homecoming

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In the past two meetings with Lincoln, Virginia Union’s defense didn’t allow a point. On Saturday afternoon, the Panthers’ defense pitched its third straight shutout against the Lions.

VUU’s defense logged nine sacks en route to a 32-0 win over the Lions at Willie Lanier Field at Hovey Stadium in the Panthers’ homecoming game.

Though the Panthers had a string of shutout performances against the Lions, it wasn’t an emphasis at practice for coach Alvin Parker.

“We just wanted them to play,” Parker said. “As long as we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing, the results will come.”

Parker’s message resonated with his defense as it limited Lincoln’s offense to just 56 passing yards, forced a fumble and had an interception.

VUU jumped out to a quick start thanks to its special teams. After holding Lincoln inside its 30-yard line, the Lions punt unit came on and the snap sailed over Achille Laudet’s head. He kicked it through the end zone for a safety.

The next time Laudet attempted a punt, it was another high snap and his kick was blocked by VUU’s Trevon Harrington and recovered inside the 10-yard line. The Panthers took advantage, scoring on a 1-yard rush from Jada Byers.

Byers finished with a team-high 47 rushing yards on 18 carries and the score.

From there, it was all Panthers as they scored 16 points in the first quarter. Then, VUU’s offense stalled, punting on two possessions and Khalid Morris throwing an interception just before halftime.

“(We) Started fast and then in the middle we kind of slowed it down. We can’t really do that,” Parker said. “I thought we had some good plays here and there, but overall I thought there were some things we could do a little bit better.”

Morris left the game in the third quarter after taking a hard shot after a pass. He finished 12 of 28 for 143 yards passing and a touchdown.

Graduate quarterback E’Mond Caldwell replaced Morris and quickly made an impact. Caldwell used his feet early in the drive and barreled through a defender, picking up 12 yards. Later in the drive, he found junior wide receiver Charles Hall for a 33-yard touchdown.

Caldwell had only appeared in 13 career games before Saturday with two career touchdowns.

“He’s been here with me since I arrived,” Parker said. “He’s been practicing with us, waiting for his opportunity. He got his opportunity today and he made something happen with it.”

Caldwell finished 4 of 11 for 89 passing yards and two touchdowns. He added two carries for 17 yards.

On Caldwell’s second touchdown, he connected with Hall again and the receiver outjumped the corner in the end zone for a 34-yard score in the fourth quarter, just one play after VUU defense logged an interception.

Hall was targeted throughout the game but couldn’t haul in several passes. When it mattered in the end zone, the Trenton, New Jersey, native came down with the ball both times.

“Getting him the ball is one thing, when you get it is another,” Parker said. “Everybody saw when the ball gets even close to him, he can make something happen.”

Hall finished the game with a team-high five receptions for 112 yards and two touchdowns.

Lincoln’s Andrew Banks, who replaced Trae Greene at quarterback in the second half, finished 5 of 14 for 38 passing yards. Banks left the game after starting 2 of 7 for 18 yards and being sacked five times. Elijah Snell led the Lions’ rushing attack with 56 yards on 12 carries.

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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Rams Fall to Jacksonville

Jacksonville used a 7-0 run, ignited by a pair of Marsh buckets, to take a 43-36 lead with 16:23 remaining and never looked back.

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Score: Jacksonville 73, VCU 62
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 5-4, Jacksonville 5-2

The short story: Graduate student Brandon Johns Jr.’s 20 points were not enough for the Rams to complete their second-half comeback, as Kevion Nolan scored 20 points to lead sharp-shooting Jacksonville past VCU.

OPENING TIP

  • Johns tied a career-high with his 20-point performance. He shot 5-of-10 from the field and made 9-of-12 from the free-throw line
  • Sophomore guard Jayden Nunn connected on 5-of-10 from the floor for the Black and Gold and scored 14 points
  • In his first collegiate start, freshman forward Tobi Lawal added a career-high ten points and five boards for VCU
  • VCU forced 13 turnovers, scoring 13 points off the mistakes and allowed just eight turnovers of their own. Junior guard Ace Baldwin led the Rams with three steals as the team totaled nine.
  • Aside from Nolan’s 20 points and 8 assists, Jacksonville sought help from Mike Marsh’s 17 points and nine rebounds

THE DIFFERENCE

  • The Dolphins shot 50 percent (9-of-18) from the 3-point line, while VCU struggled from beyond the arc, misfiring on 23 of 28 attempts
  • Jacksonville used a 7-0 run, ignited by a pair of Marsh buckets, to take a 43-36 lead with 16:23 remaining. The Dolphins never trailed again and led by as many as 16 at 64-48 with 4:32 remaining
  • VCU rallied to within 64-58 with 2:37 left behind a 9-0 run that included seven Johns free throws. But on the ensuing possession, Nolan buried a 3-pointer from the deep left wing as the shot clock expired to push the Dolphins advantage back to 67-58 with 2:04 on the clock
  • Jacksonville owned a 38-30 rebounding advantage
  • The Dolphins shot 90 percent (18-of-20) from the free-throw line

QUOTABLE
“Credit to Jacksonville. They came in here and took it to us. They created some really good opportunities, really gave themselves some confidence and put us on our heels. For most of the game, they just played harder than us. I thought late in the game, we played harder and had more success on both ends of the court. We got work to do. I like this team, I know what we’re capable of, but I’ve got to do a better job with these guys, and we’re going to have some heart to hearts and get to work.” – VCU Head Coach Mike Rhoades

“Yeah, that was a spark of energy that we should have had from the beginning of the game. Unfortunately, it was too late. We need to do that all game. We need to start doing it from the jump.” — Brandon Johns Jr. on the last few minutes of the game

“I thought he played really hard. He played to exhaustion, get subbed, and go back in. He got beat on a couple of old-school, veteran moves. He got caught off-guard with a couple of these guys at bad angles, but he’s only played basketball for four years. But I couldn’t fault his effort and approach, and he’s only going to get better and better. He really cares.” — Rhoades on the play of Tobi Lawal

NOTABLE

  • VCU leads the all-time series between these two former Sun Belt rivals, 19-9
  • Wednesday’s loss snapped VCU’s 10-game home win streak

UP NEXT
The Rams play their second game of a six-game homestand of the season in a match-up against Howard on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed on MASN and ESPN+

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Kickers Announce Initial Roster Decisions

The Richmond Kickers announced initial contract decisions for the 2023 season, Wednesday, with three exercised options and four option declines as the club prepares to defend its 2022 USL League One regular-season title.

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The Richmond Kickers announced initial contract decisions for the 2023 season, Wednesday, with three exercised options and four option declines as the club prepares to defend its 2022 USL League One regular-season title.

“We worked very hard over the past few years to develop our culture here in Richmond, and this past season we put together a great run to win the regular season Championship,” Kickers’ Chief Sporting Officer and Head Coach, Darren Sawatzky said. “With that success, we didn’t win the games we needed to in the playoffs.

“We have some great young players chasing higher-level opportunities, and we have some players heading to new opportunities. We are adding some good players and at the same time, we are bringing back the backbone of the culture the guys have created.”

Forwards Matthew Bentley and Owayne Gordon and midfielder Chandler O’Dwyer return to the Roos after their contract options for 2023 were picked up by the club.

Bentley finished his first professional season tied for second on the team with six goals and tied for fifth with three assists while starting 18 of 26 league matches. Gordon, a midseason signing, tied for fourth on the team with five goals while also making three assists in 22 league appearances. O’Dwyer made his professional debut in the Kickers’ second US Open Cup match and finished with three appearances across all competitions.

Reigning back-to-back-to-back USL League One MVP and Golden Boot winner Emiliano Terzaghi and 2022 USL League One Goalkeeper of the Year Nominee and Kickers’ goalkeeping coach Akira Fitzgerald have existing contracts for 2023.

The contract options for midfielders Matthew Bolduc, Leonardo Baima, and Christian Molina and goalkeeper Austin Causey were declined by the club.

The 2023 season will be here before you know it! Kickers fans can get ready now by placing a $100 deposit for a 2023 season ticket. With one additional regular season match and two new opponents joining USL League One, City Stadium will be the place to be. Additional information can be found at richmondkickers.com/seasontickets.

Stay up to date with all of the Kickers news at RichmondKickers.com and on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!

Rostered Players for 2023 as of December 7, 2022 

GOALKEEPERS: Akira Fitzgerald

DEFENDERS: 

MIDFIELDERS: Chandler O’Dwyer

FORWARDS: Emiliano Terzaghi, Matthew Bentley, Owayne Gordon

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Richmond Flying Squirrels win MiLB Community Champion Award for local activism

The Richmond Flying Squirrels have been named the recipient of the 2022 Minor League Baseball CommUNITY Champion Award, MiLB announced on Sunday night.

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels have been named the recipient of the 2022 Minor League Baseball CommUNITY Champion Award, MiLB announced on Sunday night.

The CommUNITY Champion Award recognizes a Club that demonstrates an outstanding, ongoing commitment to charitable service, support and leadership within their local community and the baseball industry. The award was presented during the Opening Night Reception and Awards Program of the Baseball Winter Meetings at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

“Making an impact in the community is a pillar of our organization,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “We strive to be a valuable community partner and aim to use our platform to make positive impacts in the Richmond region. We are grateful for this recognition from Minor League Baseball and for our community.”

In 2022, Flying Squirrels Charities expanded its areas of focus in an effort to fully encompass all the ways the Flying Squirrels impact the greater Richmond community. The newly rebranded Flying Squirrels Charities focuses on four pillars: Education, Athletics, Social Determinants and Inclusion. Flying Squirrels Charities raises funds through a number of avenues including in-stadium initiatives during the season and events around the region all year.

With Flying Squirrels Charities this year, the team has partnered to support local organizations including Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond, Friendship Circle of Virginia (FCVA), Metropolitan Junior Baseball League (MJBL), Fox Elementary School and more.

The Flying Squirrels are visible in the greater Richmond community well beyond the baseball months. Mascots Nutzy and Nutasha have made more than 400 community appearances this year around the Commonwealth of Virginia. Additionally, Flying Squirrels front office staff, players and coaches have volunteered this year with organizations and events including children’s hospitals, Miracle Leagues, Feed More, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Salvation Army and others.

The Flying Squirrels continue to promote educational causes in schools around the Richmond region, including the “Go Nuts for Reading Program,” which challenges elementary and middle school students to read eight books over a two-month span to receive a free ticket to a Flying Squirrels game. This year, more than 10,000 students from 68 participating schools completed the challenge.

The Flying Squirrels launched their Executive Trainee Program, offering opportunities to students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities the opportunity to gain hands-on, professional experience working in various capacities with the team. The program is designed to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce with the goal of elevating more minorities into leadership positions throughout the professional baseball industry.

Through these and many other initiatives, the Flying Squirrels aim to make Richmond a better, more inclusive place, while simultaneously helping grow the game of baseball.

The Flying Squirrels open the 2023 season on Friday, April 7 at The Diamond against the Reading Fightin Phils. Ticket packages for the 2023 season are available now at SquirrelsBaseball.com.

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