Richardson makes presence felt in Unaka win

By Marvin Birchfield
STAR CORRESPONDENT

   Sophomore Andrew Richardson is making a step towards helping improve the Unaka football team. He came up big on defense against North Greene last week in a 20-8 Unaka victory.
   "We just all played as a team, and you've just got to go out and hustle, do the best you can," said Richardson.
   Richardson made a great play in the third quarter against the Huskies when he put the pressure on the quarterback, grabbing hold and swatting the ball away to create a huge turnover for the Rangers.
   "I just tried to hold on for dear life, got the strip and Ricky Estep made a good play by diving on it," said Richardson.
   Another game-turning play for Unaka occurred when Richardson picked up a loose ball, and advance it down inside the 20-yard line, where the Rangers capitalized in scoring to break a tie in the contest.
   "Brandon Irick made a good play on the hook and lateral, and as soon as I saw it I picked it up and went around the end.
   The dedication and hard-work ethic is what Unaka needs in years to come, and Richardson is an example of the "want to" attitude, which is the kind of spirit his young team is developing.
   "I think we're going to be awesome, pretty darn tough in years to come with improving the way we are," said Richardson.
   There are 21 sophomores and freshmen combined on the Unaka squad, but they need more numbers for the next few seasons, says Richardson.
   Andrew is achieving the kind of grades in school that will prepare him for the next level of education. He says he's an A and B student, and tries his best with anything he does.
   "I want to go to college and try to become an engineer," said Richardson.
   The next big task for Richardson is facing Chuckey-Doak this Friday, which could be crucial in the Rangers' hope of getting a playoff berth.
   "I think we've got a pretty good shot against Chuckey-Doak, we just have to play as hard as we can," Richardson said. "Now that we have won our first game, I think we have some momentum."
   Richardson believes it would be a tremendous accomplishment for his team if they were able to get a win against the Black Knights, after having an early dismal season.
   Andrew, along with the rest of his teammates, will surely be ready to earn their second consecutive win on the year.