WADESBORO — Even with leading rusher Diquon Cox sitting out the game, the Richmond Senior offense didn’t miss a beat against Anson.
The Raiders racked up 410 yards on the ground as Miles Grant and Brent Flowers each topped the 100-yard mark in a 56-27 victory over the Bearcats Friday night. It was Richmond’s 19th straight win against their rival to the west.
“Diquon could have played if we really needed him,” Richmond coach Paul Hoggard said. “He’s almost 100 percent, we wanted to give him the night off and next week to get ready for Hoke.”
Grant rushed for 118 yards on seven carries before leaving the game with a foot injury. Grant scored Richmond’s second touchdown on a 10-yard run. Flowers finished the victory with a team-leading 126 yards and broke free for a 37-yard score midway through the second quarter. Flowers hooked up with Raheem Bowden for a 29-yard touchdown pass to give the Raiders a 42-13 lead.
“Miles got hurt early in the game,” Hoggard said. “I think he will be ready in two weeks. The other guys came in and did a good job.
“Brent is pretty special running the option. He’s a three-year starter, well four if you count ninth grade so he makes it look pretty good at times. Brent can make some chicken salad sometimes out of well…you know.”
Jesse Williams, who got the start in place of Cox, ran 13 times for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Shavar Little added 29 yards on three touches and a score.
Anson coach Luke Hyatt was worried about Richmond’s play makers breaking free and having big games against his defense. He thought his unit played well at times, but missed opportunities to stymie the Raiders’ offense.
“They did what we thought they would do,” Anson coach Luke Hyatt said. “We had guys there to make plays, but we didn’t stop them. That’s triple-option football for you. I thought our kids played hard, fought hard and didn’t quit.”
Before Richmond could turn its full attention to its Southeastern Conference opener with Hoke on Oct. 11, it needed to get past a pesky Anson squad.
The Bearcats had a chance to cut the Raiders’ lead to 14 before halftime and then receive the kick to open the second half. Instead their final drive of the second half stalled at the Richmond 34 when J’Maine Harris’ pass sailed incomplete on fourth-and-10.
“I thought we left some touchdowns out there,” Hyatt said. “I’m happy with our effort tonight.”
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