FAYETTEVILLE — The Richmond junior varsity football team punished Seventy-First with its run game Thursday night, as four players combined for six rushing touchdowns in the 44-8 victory.
Sophomore quarterback Noah Altman put the Raiders ahead early with his 15-yard scamper on their second offensive possession. Following a D.J. Stephens interception, running backs A.J. Roseboro, Tashawn Wall and LaCyruss Ellerbe all found the end zone in the second quarter.
Roseboro ran in from 20 yards out, Wall scored his first of the night a little more than five minutes later, and Ellerbe capped the second-quarter off with a seven-yard push with only 31.8 seconds to go in the half.
“Our offensive line controlled the whole game, allowing our quarterback and running backs to run with confidence,” head coach Patrick Hope said. “A.J., Tashawn and LaCyruss make a great trio sharing the rushing load.”
A four-touchdown advantage coming out of halftime quickly turned into a 37-0 lead after Roseboro, once again, scored using his legs and the Richmond defense recorded a safety at the seven-minute mark.
Seventy-First was next to score, finally getting on the scoreboard with a five-yard run from Jamarius Simmons and converting its two-point attempt. Wall put the stamp on the Raiders’ victory with an eight-yard touchdown while the clock continued to run.
Richmond (9-0, 6-0 SAC) finished with more than 350 yards of total offense and held the Falcons to just 37 yards. Although the team focused on the ground game Thursday night, Jakolbe Baldwin, Hakeim Blue, Tremel Jones, Justin Morman and Jarod Morrison — a ninth-grade call up — all had receptions in the win.
“It was good, unselfish play on that side of the ball,” Hope added.
Next week, the Raiders can complete another undefeated run through conference play with a triumph over rival Scotland at home. They would become the first Sandhills Athletic Conference junior varsity football champions.
“I told the team they have a chance to make history. We’re going to approach this week just like the others, staying L.I.T (Loyal, Intense, Tough) the entire process,” Hope said.
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