JV football remains undefeated
ROCKINGHAM — Despite four turnovers, the Richmond junior varsity football team came away with a 19-point victory in a battle of the last two undefeated squads in the Sandhills Athletic Conference.
Sophomore kicker Trevor Moss made both of his field-goal attempts, three players rushed for a touchdown and the Raiders grabbed a 27-8 win over Jack Britt on Thursday in order to stay perfect on the season.
“I just told the guys we needed three good days (of practice), like we’ve always done, and to focus for 48 minutes,” head coach Patrick Hope said. “We just did what we’ve done all season…and that’s why we came out with the win.”
Richmond (6-0, 3-0 SAC) scored the first 10 points of the game, as Moss connected from a distance and then running back Tashawn Wall punched it in the end zone from seven yards out. Sophmore quarterback Noah Altman set up Wall’s score with a big-yardage run and a 23-yard pass to wideout Jakolbe Baldwin earlier in the drive.
Jack Britt (5-1, 2-1 SAC) cut its deficit to just two points after it intercepted a pass from Altman — the home team’s first turnover — and capitalized with a 6-yard touchdown pass and a successful two-point conversion.
The Raiders fumbled on their next two possessions before picking off a Jack Britt pass as halftime neared.
Altman kicked off the second half with a nine-yard scamper to put Richmond ahead 17-8. Moss’ 37-yard field goal on the next possession and AJ Roseboro’s six-yard push late in the fourth quarter capped the scoring for the Raiders.
Their third fumble took place on the drive after Moss’ second field goal.
“I just told them to stay positive,” Hope said of the team’s turnovers. “We’ve got a really good defense that takes pride in getting after the quarterback and forcing turnovers. And they came up big tonight.”
Volleyball takes down Lady Pirates
LUMBERTON — The Richmond volleyball team reached the 20-win mark on the season following its road win at Lumberton on Thursday.
Senior middle hitter Owen Bowers, who was recently named the Daily Journal’s Athlete of the Week, carried the Lady Raiders in their third consecutive game with a 17-kill performance. She added five digs and an ace in the team’s four-set (25-14, 25-18, 20-25, 25-18) victory.
Thursday’s match was only the sixth time this year that Richmond dropped a set.
“I take blame for the loss of the third game. We have been working on a different line up in practice and I wanted to try it,” head coach Shellie Wimpey said. “We struggled with that lineup and then Altman (Griffin) got sick and had to be taken out.”
Griffin, one of the senior leaders on the team, registered 12 kills, nine digs and an ace before she was forced to call it a night. She was one of three Lady Raiders to have more than 10 kills, as senior middle hitter Brianna Baysek also had a big-hitting night with her 10 kills.
Richmond (20-0, 12-0 SAC) bounced back in the fourth set, picking up 22 digs and 12 kills to put an end to the Lady Pirates before things had to be decided in a fifth set.
“The girls did a great job stepping up in the fourth game without the leadership of Altman on the court,” Wimpey added. “I’m very proud of them for finishing the game strong.”
Senior setter Mackenzie Webb, junior outside hitter Savannah Lampley and sophomore right-side hitter Allexis Swiney finished with 11 digs each. Sophomore defensive specialist Layne Maultsby had a team-high 14 digs.
Girls tennis wins regular season finale
ROCKINGHAM — In its final match of the regular season, the Lady Raider tennis team dominated conference rival Scotland on its home court Thursday afternoon.
Second-year head coach Michael Way saw his squad sweep the singles, highlighted by junior Emily Parsons’ golden set, and win two of the three doubles matches in order to grab an 8-1 victory.
Four Lady Raiders (Destiny Buie, Jayana Nicholson, Meredith Stogner, Greyson Way) came close to blanking their respective opponents, but none was able to duplicate Parsons’ shutout win over Scotland’s Justice McCrimmon in the No. 6 matchup.
Buie, Nicholson and Way all won their singles by the same score (6-0, 6-1), while Stogner took down the Lady Scots’ Karrigan Campbell by a score of 6-2, 6-0 in the No. 5 match. Senior Kathleen Pittman dropped her first set but came back to defeat Samantha Bowen in three (4-6, 7-5, 12-10).
Nicholson and Way took care of business in the No. 1 doubles, and juniors Taylor Parrish and Chloe Wiggins did the same in the No. 3 bout. Parsons and senior Elizabeth Burns lost the No. 2 doubles by a close margin (6-8).
Sophomore quarterback Justin Morman (5) braces for a hit in the final seconds of the Richmond junior varsity football team’s 27-8 victory over Jack Britt on Thursday. The Raiders are now the only undefeated team in the Sandhills Athletic Conference.