Greene forced to sit out after ejection
by By Shawn Stinson
ROCKINGHAM — Comedian George Carlin joked about the seven words you can never say on television.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association, not to be outdone, has listed seven behaviors which will lead a player to be ejected from a contest and be forced to sit out a specific number of games.
Richmond Senior’s Brandon Greene found out the hard way about one of those behaviors. Greene, who plays soccer and football, was issued a red card in Monday’s loss to Jack Britt for disrespectfully addressing an official.
The other offenses are: fighting, flagrant contact, biting observed or determined by an official, taunting, baiting or spitting toward an opponent or official, obscene gestures and using profanity at an official or opponent. The NCHSAA added physically contacting an official is subject to automatic expulsion and can result in ineligibility for the remainder of a player’s career.
Richmond athletic director Kevin Mabe said since Greene was ejected in a soccer match, the junior will be sidelined for two soccer games and any other contests in the interim.
Since Greene is a two-sport athlete, he will now miss tonight’s soccer contest with Union Pines and next week’s matchup with East Montgomery, as well as, the football team’s contest Friday at Myrtle Beach.
“I have 23 other players and seven other defenders I can use,” Richmond soccer coach Bennie Howard said about Greene’s absence. “This is why I carry as many people as I do. Someone will need to step up in his place.”
Richmond football coach Paul Hoggard is scrambling to find a replacement kicker for the clash with the Seahawks in the Derrick Law Firm Carolinas Kickoff Clash presented by Sports Radio 100.3.
“We had kicking tryouts after practice and I still don’t know who will kick for us,” Hoggard said.
Greene kicked off seven times in the 37-13 win over Rocky River and had three touchbacks. On the other four kickoffs, the Ravens averaged starting at their own 39.
“Punting is a major factor as well,” Hoggard said. “Myrtle Beach does a great job rushing the punter and blocking punts. Also extra-points and field goals will be big. Our whole kicking game is a question mark right now.”
Greene wasn’t the only Richmond soccer player whose status for tonight’s game was in doubt. Brandon Ingram received two yellow cards against Jack Britt, which resulted in receiving a red card and was sent off. However, Ingram will be able to play against Union Pines because it was not an ejection.
Mabe added Ingram and Greene were forced to complete a STAR sportsmanship online program before they can be cleared to return to action. Both finished this requirement Tuesday afternoon.
Tennis opener postponed
ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior girls tennis team’s season opening contest with Hoke County has been switched to Sept. 17.
The match was originally slated for Thursday in Raeford.
The Raiders will now begin their season under first-year coach Meghan Bergman 4 p.m. Sept. 3 at home against Purnell Swett.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.
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