Category Archives: Richlands


THE END OF AN ERA: Richlands’ Greg Mance to coach at Loris (SC)

    Over the course of his 23-year tenure as the head coach at Richlands, Greg Mance never failed to leave his team with a simple message before they took the field on a Friday night. “What is the last thing I tell you every Friday night?” The teenage clad of blue and white immediately shouted back. “HAVE FUN!” Mance echoed his team’s exclamation. “To have fun.” It goes without saying that over the past 23 football seasons in Richlands, the entire town, school, team and coaching staff has had fun.… Read the rest

Richlands cruises past Virginia High, rolls into playoffs

Richlands scored early and often, dispatching the Virginia High Bearcats 59-21. The Blues (6-4, 4-1) used a prolific offensive attack that accounted for 539 yards of offense to run past the Bearcats (1-9, 1-4). While the Bearcats’ season ends, Richlands blows into the playoffs as the 5 seed in the Class 2D bracket. Playing on senior night, quarterback Cade Simmons went 6-10 for 138 yards with three total touchdowns on the night.… Read the rest

Richlands uses late burst to push past upset-minded Pioneers

It was far from pretty, but Richlands scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to escape from Lebanon with a Southwest District win. Coming off a rivalry loss to Graham, Richlands (5-4, 3-1) found themselves in the middle of a tie ballgame early in the final quarter. The Blues took an early lead on the first drive of the game behind the legs of junior tailback Logan Steele – taking a handoff 16-yards for the opening score.… Read the rest

Richlands stuffed by Graham defense, look to rebound in Lebanon

There were fireworks. There was electricity in the air. And there was the Graham defense. The G-Men shut down a surging Richlands offensive attack, blowing past the Blue Tornado 37-10. Graham (6-2) started quick behind a touchdown run from ODU-commit Devin Lester. But soon after, Lester was ejected for a helmet-to-helmet hit. The validity of the flag — and the ensuing ejection — depends on which end of Tazewell County you reside.… Read the rest

Richlands blows Marion away, season showdown with Graham looms

  It was dubbed the Battle of the Storms, but it wasn’t much of a battle as Richlands cruises to a 38-0 victory over Marion. The Blues defense held Marion to just 65 yards of offense, forcing two fumbles and not allowing a Marion first down until well into the second half. Logan Steele rushed for 49 yards and 2 touchdowns. Quarterback Cade Simmons went 7-8 for 122 yards and 2 touchdowns and added a touchdown on a keep up the middle.… Read the rest

Richlands extends The Streak, prepares for Battle of the Storms

(photo credit: Elizabeth Bennett) If it could have gone right for Richlands against Tazewell, it did. The Blues cashed in on five Bulldog turnovers in its way to a 41-0 rivalry win. It’s the 17th straight win for Richlands in what is dubbed the Backyard Brawl for the James C. Ramey Cup. It’s also the 4th straight shutout win for Richlands in the series. Senior QB Cade Simmons continued to show improvement, throwing for 130 yards on a 6-9 evening with 2 passing scores.… Read the rest

Steele, Simmons help Mance reach 200 club

PHOTO CREDIT – SWVAPHOTOGRAPHY.COM RICHLANDS, Va. — New quarterback Cade Simmons and birthday boy Logan Steele combined for four rushing touchdowns, helping coach Greg Mance win his 200th game at Richlands. That result looked shaky in the first quarter. Abingdon (2-2) opened the game with an 80-yard drive that ate up 8 minutes and 42 seconds off the clock. Star RB Lucas Martin punched the ball in from the 3, and the Falcons took a 7-0 lead.… Read the rest

Bears Use Old School Ground and Pound to Run by Blue Tornado

On a night where the 1994 Appalachia Bulldogs state championship team was honored at halftime, it was Travis Turners Union Bears who had the crowd reminiscing about the grit and grind rushing attack from the days at Riggs Stadium. “We done a lot of things very similar to that 94 team,” noted Coach Turner. “We got big, physical backs that run hard and block well for each other and when you have three or four that you can hand the ball to and you’re comfortable handing it to, it helps.” The biggest play in the first half came after Unions first possession of the ballgame when Richlands’ Colton Medley squeaked through to block Unions punt inside the Bears twenty yard line.… Read the rest

Richlands travels to Bullitt Park to take on Union

    Richlands (0-1) vs. Union 1-0   This one has been a thriller since inception.   The average margin of victory in the series is 3.2 points.   The line at Bullitt Park will be long. The seats will be at capacity.   It is just another Richlands and Union matchup.   The heroes in this one are plentiful. Richlands’ Reece Strong, Gray Baker and John Luke Asbury. Union’s Brandon Hubbard, James Mitchell and Mason Polier.… Read the rest

2019 Richlands football preview

Can you smell it? The air is getting crisp — for the moment. Fall is almost here. The grass is getting clipped and lines are being painted (well, maybe not at Ernie Hicks Stadium). It’s football season. 2018 was a bounce-back year for the Blues, turning out an 8-5 record and a berth in the regional title game. That comes just a year after a 4-7 campaign. The 2019 Blue Tornado are hoping to get back a running game this season, something that could help a new starting quarterback.… Read the rest