ROCKINGHAM — The first game of the 2014 Richmond Senior football season is more than two months away.
But the Raiders will hit the field this summer against outside competition as the team’s offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Greg Williams released the 7-on-7 schedule earlier this week. Williams said the schedule is subject to change, sometimes at a moment’s notice.
“I usually start working on the 7-on-7 schedule the first part of February and it takes about three to four months to finalize,” Williams said. “Things can still change, because there isn’t an ironclad contract. I’ve talked to a coach in the past on a Monday evening that was gonna throw with us the following day and all was well, then the next morning he resigned. I usually try to schedule more than one team per event just in case we do have someone back out.
“As always, I’ve tried to schedule all of our 7-on-7s for home to work around our strength and conditioning schedule. The only problem with that is our location. We don’t have teams knocking our door down to come work with us because of travel issues. So, we’re always appreciative of the teams that will come throw with us. Luckily, the schedule fell in place before I started having serious health issues this year.”
Williams was hospitalized earlier this spring and missed the final month of school.
Richmond will play host to seven events with 12 different opponents. Fairmont, Union Pines, South Stanly and Southern Lee will make two appearances during the summer.
The Raiders and the Golden Tornadoes will hit field at 6 p.m. June 17. Fairmont was 8-4 last season under first-year coach Randy Ragland.
Two days later, Southern Lee and St. Pauls will visit Rockingham also at 6 p.m. The Cavaliers were 3-8 in 2013 under their first-year coach Don Simon. The Bulldogs posted an 8-4 record under long-time coach Trey Sasser.
Richmond will take 2 1/2 weeks off before returning to its 7-on-7 competition against Fairmont and Union Pines at 6 p.m. July 8. Fifth-year coach Ryan Riggan guided the Vikings to a 4-7 mark.
The next day, Central Cabarrus, Northwood and South Stanly will take the field at 10 a.m. The Vikings were 11-2 last season and reached the second round of the state 3AA playoffs. The Chargers finished 8-4 last season. The Rowdy Rebel Bulls were 3-9 last year.
The week will close out with Union Pines returning along with Overhills at 6 p.m. July 10. The Jaguars were 2-9 in 2013.
The summer 7-on-7 drills will wrap up with a pair of three-school events.
The first is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 15 against Asheboro, E.E. Smith and Southern Lee. The Blue Comets were 7-5 a season ago. The Golden Bulls posted a 6-6 mark in 2013.
The next day, South Stanly, West Montgomery and West Stanly will close out Richmond’s schedule at 10 a.m. The Warriors were 14-2 under former Richmond coach Nick Eddins. They advanced to the 1AA title game, falling to James Kenan. Former Richmond defensive coordinator James Johnson guided the Colts to a 2-9 mark in his first season.
“In years past we’ve had anywhere from about six to 10 dates, so this kinda falls around the average,” Williams said. “I’m finding more and more that teams are preferring July.”
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