Spartans Receivers Welcome Return Of Rathe
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Augusta Spartans already had the World Indoor Football League's best pass catching tandem with Marvin Stone and Anthony Young.
Throw an experienced quarterback like Mike Rathe into the mix and this is what happens: Six touchdown passes a night and a two-game win streak.
After going through three quarterbacks in a 2-3 start, the Spartans are now solid with the return of Rathe.
"He's a leader," said Young. "He knows the game, and makes great throws."
Wide receiver Rod Price agrees with Young.
"Rathe's a good leader out there," Price said. "He makes smart decisions."
Stone, who leads the WIFL in receptions and scoring, has only positives to say about Rathe.
"He's got a knowledge for the game," Stone said. "He's in control out there. He never gets frustrated. He's just a good athlete overall."
Head coach Bubba Diggs couldn't agree more.
"Mike's a leader," Diggs said. "He knows the indoor game."
Rathe started for the Spartans toward the end of the season last year.
During practice and games, they play like he never left.
"He has a good relationship with all three receivers," Diggs said. "That makes it easy."
Young and Stone said that they did not have to adjust. They just picked up where they left off.
Rod Price found it to be difficult, but he doesn't blame it on Rathe.
"For me, it was kind of difficult because I missed the last four games due to injuries," Price said. "Getting back into it was kind of hard. I'm pretty sure the other guys were in pretty good rhythm with him."
Rathe's home game success with hopefully lap over for some on the road success as the Spartans prepare to face Daytona Beach Saturday.
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