Baytown Lee rallied from a 14-6 halftime deficit to rattle off 22 unanswered points in the second half to defeat crosstown rival Baytown Sterling. It was a sweet victory for senior wide receiver and Texas A&M commit Jaevon Richardson who suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Rangers in 2010.
"We had some opening game jitters and had some mistakes in the first half," Ricardson said after the game. "But we got it together in the second half and got the dub. It's all about getting the win."
Richardson played on both sides of the ball and returned kicks and punts, along with his duties on offense as a wide receiver and even a running back. He finished the night with 50 receiving yards on five catches, 14 yards rushing on two carries, and several punt returns including a nifty 30 yard return that saw him put on some highlight reel moves to make several defenders miss.
"In the offseason I really worked on improving my moves in space and doing more after the catch," Richardson said. "I'm just trying to bring more to the table so I can help my teammates get the wins."
While solid, Richardson's numbers in the stat book weren't gaudy but he was effective in the Ganders' offense that focuses on the ground-based QB read option. Most of his touches came on screens and short passes near the line of scrimmage that gave him a chance to slip through traffic and navigate tough yardage in the slot.
On several occasions, Richardson appeared bottled up by the defense, but his quick feet and cutting ability turned several no-gainers into 8-10 yard plays. That doesn't turn heads on the stat line, but it did help move the first down markers and extend the plays. He also showed good form catching the ball with his hands and seems like a natural bal catcher which is so important at the next level.
The Texas A&M commit was most electrifying on punt returns where he had the space to find his running lane, use his quickness, and go. He had a nice 30-yard return slipping through several tackles and making a defender whiff with a sharp cut. He'll definitely be an option for the Aggies at punt returner.
Richardson was also used exclusively to slow down 2013 Texas A&M commit Jamar Gibson, and effectively shut down the talented Sterling receiver/defensive back.
But as a receiver, he has above average hands and he is adept at creating yardage in traffic in the slot. In the Gander offense, he wasn't given the opportunity to make plays downfield and exhibit his topline speed. It's clear though that Richardson exhibits excellent receiver skills with good pass catching skills and exceptional quickness and strength to fight for extra yards.
Jaevon Richardson Scouting Report
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