ROCKINGHAM — After relying on its defense for the first four games this season, the Richmond Senior junior varsity football team turned to its offense.
Miles Grant scored his second touchdown of the game on a 1-yard dive with 3:28 remaining in the fourth quarter and Brandon Greene booted the extra-point to cap a nine-point rally for the Raiders in a 27-26 victory over West Forsyth Thursday night at Raider Stadium.
The Raiders needed to convert a fourth-and-5 from their own 42 to continue the game-winning drive. Montek Johnson connected with Chandler Ridges on a fade pass for a first down to keep possession.
“We needed that,” JV coach Jason Norton said. “We played as hard as I have seen them play all year in the fourth quarter. I have to give the kids credit, they faced and overcame some adversity.”
Richmond (5-0) jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the opener period on a touchdown pass from Johnson to Kyishem Swain and Grant’s first score.
“They thought they could put it on cruise control after the first quarter,” Norton said. “They’re (West Forsyth) a good football team and they played hard.”
West Forsyth built a 23-14 advantage with 5:11 left in the third quarter on a run by Darion Slade. Slade accounted for all three of the Titans’ touchdowns. In addition to his scamper, Slade hooked up with Jordan Terry twice for scores.
Richmond will have an open date next week before returning to action at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Raz Autry Stadium to take on Hoke County in the Southeastern Conference opener for both schools.
Richmond falls in 5 in volleyball
LUMBERTON — The Lumberton volleyball team edged Richmond in five games to hand the Raiders they second straight Southeastern Conference loss.
The Pirates captured the match 25-15, 19-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-13.
“I am very proud of my girls,” Richmond coach Shellie Wimpey said. “Instead of getting down after the first game loss, they stepped it up and played great the next four games. Sometimes when you play great the game doesn’t go your way and that’s what happened tonight. We are going to keep working hard and hopefully things will start going our way.”
The Raiders (8-5, 1-2) will return to action 6 p.m. Tuesday when they play host to Pinecrest in an SEC clash.
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