ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond and Pine Forest football teams had originally agreed to play despite the forecast calling for heavy rain and thunderstorms Friday evening, but they eventually changed their minds.
Early Friday afternoon, both programs decided to postpone the non-conference match due to the incoming weather. The game, which will stil be played at Pine Forest, has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 4, at 5 p.m.
Raider head coach Bryan Till says he would’ve rather played Saturday afternoon — in order to avoid playing two games next week — but Pine Forest wasn’t receptive to the idea. And per NCHSAA rules, both schools have to mutually agree on a Saturday game.
“It’s not ideal, but we’ve got to be ready to play whenever the game is. Adapt to the situation and overcome,” Till said.
Richmond (1-1) wants to redeem itself after a 38-13 loss to Wake Forest last Friday.
So far this season, the Raiders are being led by freshman quarterback Caleb Hood (17-26, 231 yards, 3 TDs), senior running back Dante Miller (30 carries, 291 yards, 3 TDs) and junior wide receivers Bobby Terry (4 receptions, 44 yards) and Jahyee Stanback (2 receptions, 81 yards, 1 TD).
Both senior linebacker Savion Streeter (12 solo tackles) and junior linebacker Taveon Ellerbe (9 solo tackles) are leading the defense with 14 total tackles on the year.
Pine Forest (0-2) looks to win its first game of the season following losses to Purnell Swett and Concord.
The Trojans’ offensive unit uses two quarterbacks when it takes the field, with junior Robert McEachern Jr. (13-23, 170 yards, 1 TD) and freshman Jaden Jones (8-17, 110 yards, 1 TD) taking turns under center.
Jones also leads the team in rushing (14 carries, 119 yards, 1 TD).
Senior athlete Lavonte Carter is second on the team with 58 rushing yards and a score on 10 carries. Carter has also caught five passes for 79 yards, forced a fumble on defense and returned three kickoffs for a total of 113 yards.
“You’ve got to be aware of those kinds of guys because he can touch the ball and go to the house at any time,” Till said earlier this week.
Other postponements around the Sandhills Athletic Conference include: Jack Britt vs. Gray’s Creek (Saturday, 1 p.m.), Seventy-First vs. E.E. Smith (Saturday, 6 p.m.), Hoke County at Westover (Monday, 6 p.m.), Lumberton vs. South View (Monday, 6:30 p.m.) and Purnell Swett at Douglas Byrd (Monday, 7 p.m.).
Scotland’s game versus Marlboro County has been cancelled and will not be made up, while Pinecrest played its game Thursday evening — a thrilling 42-39 victory over Durham Hillside.
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The Richmond football team’s non-conference game at Pine Forest has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 4, due to Friday’s weather. The Raiders will be looking to bounce back from a loss to Wake Forest last Friday.