Jovan Smith had provided the Spiders offense a spark, as the team's change of pace running back and sometimes a dangerous weapon out of the wildcat. But seemingly overnight, the Spiders have lost that weapon and Smith is going to have to give up on football.
Spiders head coach Danny Rocco announced Tuesday that Smith has played his final game on the gridiron. Smith has a condition known as spinal stenosis where the canal that spinal cord passes through is more narrow than normal. He sat out the 2011 season recovering from neck surgery (Anterior Cervical Disectomy & Fusion). It had been discussed that based on all the medical literature that another episode would require medical disqualification from contact sports which happened this past weekend at Villanova.
The team will wear white "JS 4" stickers on their helmets to honor Jovan's courage and determination.
Through six games, Smith was the leading rusher for the Spiders, and had scored four touchdowns on the ground.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:09:31 GMT
The Flying Squirrels will go after a much-needed win at The Diamond on Tuesday, but Monday saw the team helping others win in the community. The team held its first annual charity golf tournament at theMore >>
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Sunday, June 16 2013 11:55 PM EDT2013-06-17 03:55:29 GMT
Colonial Downs racetrack hosted their second annual camel and ostrich races as part of the regular slate of races Sunday. Four riders took part in the race, two of them full-time jockeys at the track,More >>
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Sunday, June 16 2013 10:38 PM EDT2013-06-17 02:38:36 GMT
The Reading Fightins (28-39) completed a three-game sweep of the Richmond Flying Squirrels (34-33) with a 5-4 victory in front of 8,040 at The Diamond on Sunday afternoon. The Squirrels established twoMore >>
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Sunday, June 16 2013 12:08 AM EDT2013-06-16 04:08:49 GMT
Jermon Bushrod has gone from the country setting of King George to the bright lights of Chicago, and the big stage of the NFL. His home town, however, is still one of his biggest focal points, and thisMore >>
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Saturday, June 15 2013 11:52 PM EDT2013-06-16 03:52:43 GMT
The Richmond Raiders used a dominant second half to run away from Louisiana, beating the Swashbucklers, 61-45, and clinching a PIFL playoff berth for the second straight year. The Raiders improve to 5-1More >>
The Richmond Raiders used a dominant second half to run away from Louisiana, beating the Swashbucklers, 61-45, and clinching a PIFL playoff berth for the second straight year.More >>