Saturday, October 28, 2023

Richmond Dominates Second Half to Secure CAA Victory over Campbell

RICHMOND – In a highly competitive Coastal Athletic Association (CAA) showdown, the Richmond Spiders displayed their dominance in the second half, forcing three turnovers and outscoring the visiting Campbell Camels 34-6 after the halftime break. This remarkable performance led Richmond to a convincing 44-13 victory at Robins Stadium.

Richmond (6-3, 5-1 CAA) extended its winning streak to four games, while Campbell (4-4, 3-3 CAA) struggled to find offensive momentum, recording its lowest scoring output of the season.

The game was evenly poised with Richmond leading 16-13 and just 2 minutes and 45 seconds left in the third quarter. However, the tide turned dramatically with a series of three consecutive turnovers by Campbell, including a game-changing 42-yard interception return for a touchdown by Wayne Galloway. This marked the beginning of a dominant 28-0 fourth quarter for Richmond.

Quarterbacks Camden Coleman and Kyle Wickersham, in tandem, completed 18-of-26 passes for 265 yards. Wickersham connected on two touchdown passes, while Savon Smith rushed for a pair of scores, accumulating 51 yards on eight carries. Jerry Garcia, Jr. played a pivotal role with two catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.

Campbell Defensive Lineman Ethan Quarshie
Photo Credit: Campbell Athletics

On the defensive side, Tristan Wheeler led the Richmond defense with 12 tackles, which included a sack and 1.5 stops for loss. He also contributed by forcing and recovering a fumble. Marlem Louis added significant pressure with two forced fumbles, 2.0 sacks, and five total tackles.

For the Camels, Hajj-Malik Williams completed 20-of-32 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown but had a season-high two interceptions. Williams also contributed on the ground with 47 rushing yards. VJ Wilkins made five receptions for 55 yards, and Lamagea McDowell rushed for 35 yards on 12 carries.

Monchovia Gaffney led Campbell with eight tackles, while Tre Moore and George Wilson recorded sacks.

With three of their final four regular season games on the road in 2023, Campbell will head to North Carolina on November 4 for their last non-conference matchup. They will then return home for a November 11 game against top-10 ranked Delaware before concluding the regular season at North Carolina A&T.