Ritchey: Leav­ing the nest for Univer­sity of West Ge­or­gia

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abil­ity to come off the ball as hard as he does, get­ting af­ter op­po­nents like no one else.

“I’m real ex­cited,” smiled Ritchey. “I get to carry foot­ball on a bit more and fin­ish my school out a lit­tle bit cheaper.”

Ritchey, a three-year starter, fin­ished his se­nior cam­paign with an 83 per­cent av­er­age grade. In ad­di­tion, he had 26 pan­cake blocks.

“I just want to get a whole lot bet­ter than I am,” said Ritchey, “and come out with a good ed­u­ca­tion, grad­u­ate on time and have fun play­ing foot­ball, too.”

Last sea­son he graded out each week, mean­ing Ritchey reg­is­tered 80 per­cent or higher af­ter each game. (For East­side, the win­ning per­cent- age on the of­fen­sive side is 80 per­cent.)

“It’s kind of hard to beat that,” said Hurst.

Hurst feels that Ritchey’s best foot­ball still awaits him, which is what he told the coaches at West Ge­or­gia.

“They’re re­ally des­per­ate for of­fen­sive line­men,” said Hurst, “and I think he’s go­ing to fit right in. I think they see he can play right away, and it was ob­vi­ously at­trac­tive to him.”

More than likely Ritchey will play tackle, his pri­mary po­si­tion, or guard.

“Ob­vi­ously, East­side High School and their ties with the Univer­sity of West Ge­or­gia was some­thing that ex­cited us a lot,” said Dickey re­gard­ing what ini­tially led to the sign­ing of Ritchey.

Be­sides his friends, Ritchey will miss his coaches above any­thing else.

“They re­ally came in here and turned the pro­gram all the way around,” ac­knowl­edged Ritchey. “That’s re­ally what it is, (and) it’s spe­cial to be a part of that.”

In gen­eral, Dickey thinks Ritchey and the rest of his class will be a great ad­di­tion to the West Ge­or­gia foot­ball pro­gram.

“We’re ex­cited about them be­ing the foun­da­tion that’s go­ing to help us get the pro­gram in the right di­rec­tion again,” he said.

For East­side, it will be tough to re­place such an im­mense pres­ence on the grid­iron.

“Our goal ev­ery year is to re­place the guys that we’ve lost,” ad­mit­ted Hurst, “but he’s got some big shoes to fill.”

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