Richmond finalizes football schedule

Shawn Stinson|Daily Journal New Richmond Senior football coach Mike Castellano will have his team participating in a scrimmage and two jamborees this season.

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior football schedule is finally complete.

In one of his first duties since becoming the school’s 10th football coach, Mike Castellano added a scrimmage game and two appearances in jamborees to round out the 2015 schedule.

Millbrook will return to Rockingham 10 a.m. Aug. 11 for what Castellano called a “practice-scrimmage.” In last season’s playoffs, the Wildcats shocked the Raiders 28-27 in the second round at Raider Stadium. It was the schools’ fifth meeting and first since 2004 when Richmond rolled to a 42-6 victory. Richmond leads the series 3-2.

The following day, Richmond will play host to a jamboree set to begin at 4:30 p.m. The schools expected to participate are Holly Springs, Jack Britt, Reagan and Wakefield.

The Raiders will wrap up their preparations for the 2015 season by traveling to Holly Springs for the Golden Hawks’ jamboree on Aug. 14. Castellano believes Richmond will scrimmage against Fuquay-Varina. In the first round of the 2014 playoffs, the Raiders routed the Bengals 53-7 at Raider Stadium. Richmond is 2-0 all-time versus Fuquay-Varina.

The other schools expected to attend or the time of the games are not known at this time. Last year’s Holly Springs jamboree included Clayton, Fuquay-Varina and Garner.

Castellano is no stranger to either Fuquay-Varina or Holly Springs. Both schools are in the Southwest Wake Conference along with Middle Creek, Castellano’s previous school. Middle Creek faced Garner last season as well.

School officials released Richmond’s regular-season schedule earlier this year.

Richmond will open the season at home against Rocky River 7;30 p.m. Aug. 21. This marks the third straight time the Raiders and the Ravens will face each other to kick off a season.

The next week, Richmond will head west to face longtime foe Anson.

Richmond will welcome former Mid-Southeastern Conference member Douglas Byrd to Raider Stadium on Sept. 4. The following week, Richmond will continue its rivalry with Butler at home.

Richmond will close out its non-conference schedule with two road games. The first will take the Raiders to Hope Mills to take on South View on Sept. 18. The second will see Richmond head north to Greensboro battle Dudley.

After its open date, Richmond will begin Southeastern Conference play at Hoke on Oct. 9. The team will return to Raider Stadium for its final two regular-season home games against Purnell Swett (Oct. 16) and Lumberton (Oct. 23).

Richmond will wrap up its SEC slate with road contests at Pinecrest (Oct. 30) and Scotland (Nov. 6).

Castellano added he is still working on the summer’s 7-on-7 schedule. The first 7-on-7 is set for June 25. There will also be a passing tournament on June 29.

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