ROCKINGHAM — Now that spring practice has come and gone, and the last days of school are near, the Richmond football team is gearing up for an eventful summer schedule that includes individual workouts, camps, scrimmages and more.
Although players showed “they’re willing to do the work” during spring practice, head coach Bryan Till believes these next couple of months will be crucial as the team looks to continue the progress that was made during the two-week period.
“I was really happy with the tone that our seniors and our leaders set in terms of how to conduct yourself and how to act,” Till said after the team wrapped spring practice last Friday. “I feel like the guys did a good job with a lot of things, but we definitely need the summer to improve on those things.”
There will be free physicals in the high school’s gym (Saturday, June 2) and football position workouts for rising ninth-graders (Monday, June 4 to Wednesday, June 6), but summer workouts won’t officially begin until Monday, June 11.
While everyone else will be on the regular schedule, varsity skill players will make the trip to UNC-Chapel Hill for a 7-0n-7 event on Wednesday, June 14. The next day, June 15, the offensive and defensive lines will head to UNC for a camp.
The Raiders’ varsity squad is also set to attend N.C. State’s camp on Friday, June 22.
All summer workouts are from Monday to Thursday, with the ninth-grade and junior varsity players taking the field from 8-10 a.m. and varsity going on from 9-11:30 a.m. This summer’s dead weeks: Monday, July 1 and Monday, July 15.
“The thing I love about this group is they’re willing to do the work,” Till said. “They’re willing to be coached, to listen and get better at whatever we ask them to do. That’s huge.”
The season officially begins Monday, July 30 at 7:30 a.m.
Richmond will host a scrimmage with Marlboro and Anson County on Wednesday, Aug. 8, and then travel to BB&T Field at Wake Forest University for a exhibition against East Forsyth on Friday, Aug. 10.
The varsity team’s first game of the season will be at home versus Reagan — who the team defeated 45-24 in last year’s season opener — on Friday, Aug. 17. The JV and Ninth-Grade Academy teams will open on Friday, Aug. 23.
Below is a full list of the Richmond football team’s summer schedule:
June 2: Free physicals in gym (9-11 a.m.)
June 4-6: Rising ninth graders position workouts (4-5 p.m.)
June 11-14: Summer workouts (JV & Ninth Grade from 8-9 a.m., Varsity from 9-10 a.m.)
June 14: Varsity 7-on-7 competition at UNC-Chapel Hill (regular schedule for everyone else)
June 15: Varsity OL/DL camp at UNC-Chapel Hill
June 18-until: Summer workouts (JV & Ninth Grade from 8-10 a.m., Varsity from 9-11:30 a.m.)
June 22: Varsity camp at N.C. State
July 1-7: Dead week
July 15-21: Dead week
July 30: First official practice of season (7:30 a.m.)
Aug 8: Home scrimmage vs. Marlboro County and Anson
Aug 10: Scrimmage vs. East Forsyth at Wake Forest University
Aug 17: Varsity season opener vs. Reagan (7:30 p.m.)
Aug 23: JV and Ninth-Grade Academy season openers
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