ROCKINGHAM — It took a few drives for the Richmond junior varsity football team to get rolling on offense. And when it did, it really caught fire.
The Raiders scored on five straight possessions to cruise to their third straight victory with a 35-6 win over South View Thursday night at Raider Stadium.
Richmond trailed 6-0 after South View scored on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Swett to Torey Baize in the opening minutes of the second quarter.
From that moment on, it was all Raiders.
Richmond junior varsity coach Jason Norton said he wasn’t sure why his team had a sluggish start to the contest.
“The guys in pre-game looked really good, they haven’t looked that good all year,” Norton said. “We had a really good week of practice. They are starting to buy in what it takes to be a Raider football player.
“The biggest thing they had to learn is how to practice. They can’t go through the motions. They have treat every snap at practice like it’s a game. We have to change their mentality, it takes a while.”
After punting in its first possession after the touchdown, Richmond needed just three plays in its next two series to put 14 points on the scoreboard. Diquon Cox broke free for a 57-yard run midway through the second quarter to give the Raiders the lead for good.
On the next Richmond drive, quarterback Cy Andrews called his own number and found the end zone from 26 yards away. Andrews later connected with Xavier Martin for a 39-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.
Norton believes the team is coming together after its season-opening loss at Sun Valley.
“We are playing people in positions they have never played before,” Norton said. “It takes time to understand their role. We’re getting on the same page and the players are starting to see the game slow down now, not speed up.”
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