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JACKSONVILLE FOOTBALL Red Devils back in winning form

Jacksonville head coach Rick Russell was very stoic this week about his team’s 57-33 win over the McClellan Lions on Friday.

Up 23-6 at halftime, the Red Devils found a new spark when quarterback Aaron Smith returned from a leg injury he sustained against Maumelle.

The night statistically belonged to Kevin Richardson who had a combined 250 yards of total offense.

Reggie Barnes who got the starting nod at quarterback instead of Smith threw for a pair of touchdowns in the second half.

Russell’s offense has come into it’s own since it’s installation in the offseason.

“We’ve gotten a lot better,” Russell said.

The Devils have athletes that can and have stepped in when needed with Barnes being a prime example.

But Russell said his defense must play better this week against rival Sylvan Hills.

“It’s a gigantic game,” said Russell. “They are very much a come from behind team. They did it against Newport and won. They did it against Mills and won.”

Russell said it’s critical that his team put together as complete of a performance as possible.

“We’ve got to play a full 48 minutes,” Russell said. “We’ve got to play complete football, assignment football.”

Week six could prove to be what separates the conference contenders from the pretenders.

— Bruce Guthrie

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