Winter Park QB Richardson passes the torch

After an undefeated regular season, Winter Park High School's football team lost to Seminole High School in the quarterfinals of the playoffs and senior Sam Richardson's star career at Winter Park ended.

"It was a fun season," Richardson said. "The playoffs ended shorter than we would have liked, but it was still a fun run with all the seniors."

Including playoff games, Richardson finished with 2,700 passing yards and 36 touchdowns, as well as 700 rushing yards with six touchdowns, and was selected for the Orlando Sentinel All-Central Florida Team.

Although he received offers from Tulane University and Middle Tennessee State University, Richardson signed with Iowa State University on Feb. 2 for a full-ride scholarship.

Filling in Richardson's spot next season will be junior Tripp Wrenn, who tore his ACL in a game against Cypress Creek. With physical therapy, Wrenn will fully recover in time to try out for the coveted role next season.

"I think it's going to be kind of difficult [to fill Sam's shoes], but I think I should do a good job," Wrenn said. "He has been preparing me a lot about how to handle the pressure about games, so I think it should go well."

After the successful season, Coach Tim Shifflet has high expectations for next year's players.

"Trip is a good kid. He works hard; he is on the right path," Shifflet said. "He is a positive person and when he is [healthy] he works hard in the classroom and in the weight room. That is what we look for in a quarterback."

Although Richardson will start a new chapter at Iowa State in the fall, he leaves with high hopes for his alma mater.

"We have had a couple of good seasons and I think they will do just as well, if not better than we [have before]," Richardson said.

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