#6 Richmond Spiders have the “will to win” as they ready to host #13 Villanova


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Three weeks in a row, the sixth ranked Spiders have survived a late surge from its opponent: Colgate, Towson and last week’s triple overtime thriller at Albany.

They’ve taken their hits too, losing senior defensive back David Jones and true freshman running back Xavier Goodall to season ending injuries this past weekend.

Still, they find a way to win, no matter how close or ugly it may look on the field.

“This group has a very strong conviction and belief in winning, and a commitment to winning,” says head coach Danny Rocco, “that will has shown itself here the last several weeks in a number of different ways.”

Spiders Head Coach Danny Rocco says his team is defined by its will to win at all costs.
Spiders Head Coach Danny Rocco says his team is defined by its will to win.

Sophomore wide receiver Jarmal Bevels believes it’s a product of constantly reminding themselves they can overcome the odds as each game progresses, saying, “Adversity is our middle name. We hear it almost everyday in meetings from Coach Rocco, who can battle adversity and how we can battle adversity.”

This weekend, the Spiders (5-1, 2-1 in conference) face another test of willpower as they host 13th ranked Villanova on Saturday, October 14th at 3:30 p.m. on Homecoming. The Wildcats boast the third best scoring defense (15.2 PPG allowed) and total defense (265.5 YPG) in the FCS.

“The best teams that win do battle adversity,” says Bevels.

Richmond will prove it is one of the best in the country if it can win its fourth game in a row over Villanova, and push through the CAA gauntlet in this second half of the regular season.