As a freshman quarterback in the midst of a 1-2 start following a 41-game winning streak, pressure mounts.
But young Daniel Richardson redeemed Booker T. Washington on Saturday in the Tornadoes’ 23-14 win over Southridge at Traz Powell Stadium.
“It is a lot of pressure on me,” Richardson said. “They want me to be a leader right now. They want me grow up. They know I’m young and I’m going to make mistakes, but they want me to grow up right now. So I’ve got to grow up.”
Richardson put the Tornadoes (2-2) on the board with a 7-yard run in the first quarter, but the Tornadoes were unable to score again before the half.
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In the second half, the freshman found Tyquan Thornton on a 14-yard score. Richardson later scored again with his legs from 3 yards to give the Tornadoes a comfortable 20-0 lead in the third quarter.
Defensive back Richard Dames tallied a sack, an interception and blocked a punt to key the effort. Shawn Chandler’s and Willie Davis’ fourth-quarter scores were too late for the Spartans (2-2).
The Tornadoes face Central on Saturday at Traz Powell.