Chris Richards Ends High School Career with Win

Michigan commitment <b>Chris Richards</b> from Monroe High School in North Hills, Calif. played the final game of his high school career Friday night. The Vikings pounded the visiting Van Nuys Wolves 40-6. GoBlueWolverine Magazine was there and spoke with Richards, and his father, after the game. The younger Richards was honored with a special invitation. <br><br> <b>Photos Included</b>

When we last saw defensive back Chris Richards from Monroe High School near Los Angeles, the Monroe Vikings struggled through a 20-10 loss against the Palisades Dolphins. Richards had a slow night and was burned on the only Dolphin touchdown.

Chris Richards, No. 7, goes up for catch against Van Nuys Friday. The Viking beat the Wolves 40-6 in Richards last high school game.
GoBlueWolverine Magazine went down to Monroe Friday to get another look at the first Michigan commitment for the class of 2006. Even though Richards is a senior and played in his final high schoo game, he was offered a scholarship for the class of 2006, and accepted. On this evening, Richards put on quite a show.

On the second play of the game Richards intercepted a Kyle Ochoa pass. That was the last time Van Nuys went to Richards side until late in the game. He also played wide receiver and had two touchdown receptions for the night. This game saw Viking quarterback Donald Senegal throw a school-record five touchdown passes in leading the Viking attack.

Richards prepares to throw a block against a Van Nuys defender.
Richards displayed the speed that almost certainly caught the attention of the Michigan staff. He shows great footwork and sticky hands. He'll need to work on learing the cornerback positon, but the raw talent is there. The only score of the night for Van Nuys was against Richards.

After the game GBW spoke with Richards and he gave us some great news. "I'll be going down to Miami for the CaliFlorida game on Jan. 2," he said. "That was really great that they invited me to play." Richards also said he had been contacted by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl but had yet to receive an invite.

Richards goes low as another Viking tackler goes high to take down a Van Nuys runner.
The game was also the final contest for Monroe Head Coach Chris Richards, Sr. With one boy already in college at Boise State, and Chris Jr. heading to Michigan, the senior Richards said it was time to take a break. "I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do right now," he said. "I am looking at doing some individual coaching with a friend of mine from Birmingham High, but I'll certainly be doing something with a whistle in my mouth."

Chris Jr. said he would not run track this year as he wants to concentrate on building himself up for football. He'll need to gain mass, at 6 foot 1, 170-pounds he'll need the extra weight to survive at the Division 1-A level.

Monroe finished the season 5-5.

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