LUMBERTON — The Richmond junior varsity football team is still perfect after hitting the road Thursday night.
It took the Raiders a while to get going, for the second straight week, but they eventually took the lead and raced to a 27-8 win over Lumberton. They rushed for two touchdowns, threw for a score and returned a punt in order to remain undefeated.
”It was a game where our focus was intermittent. When we were focused, we did what we wanted,” head coach Patrick Hope said. “Lumberton did a good job of slowing the game down when it was close. They also had some good athletes that made some plays.”
Richmond (8-0, 5-0 SAC) found itself trailing after a few defensive penalties led to the Lumberton’s first and only score of the night. A two-point conversion would give the Pirates an 8-0 lead.
It wasn’t until Lacyruss Ellerbe’s run in the second quarter that the Raiders found their rhythm on offense. Sophomore quarterback Noah Altman and wideout Hakeim Blue hooked up for 45-yard touchdown, and the team was off to the races.
Sophomore Xavion Lindsey returned a punt 70 yards for a score halfway through the second period, Tashawn Wall bullied his way to the end zone from eight yards out in the third and Ellerbe finished things off with his 10-yard scamper in the final stanza.
Richmond will be back on the road next Thursday, Oct. 26, in hopes of keeping the zero on the right side of their overall record. The team went undefeated and won the conference championship last season, and plans on doing the same this year.
“We just have to clean up (for) our game next week against Seventy-First,” Hope added.
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