ROCKINGHAM — Five more dates have been added to the Richmond football team’s already-packed summer schedule.
When the original calendar was released, the team’s only 7-on-7 competition over the next seven weeks was slated for next Thursday, June 14, at UNC-Chapel Hill for the university’s “King of the Hill” tournament.
Recently, however, the Richmond coaching staff was able to get in contact — and confirm dates — with a total of eight coaches who have agreed to bring their respective teams to Rockingham for a 7-on-7 at least once this summer.
All of the home events begin at 10 a.m.
“It gives us a chance to compete against someone else and break up the monotony of facing each other in practice all the time,” said Greg Williams, assistant head football coach. “We get used to each other’s tendencies that we know what the guy across from us had for breakfast. Facing another team dials up the intensity a few notches.”
The Raiders will host Cape Fear — where Till coached for two seasons — for an-early morning battle exactly a week after their trip to UNC; are expecting Cheraw (S.C.) and Fairmont the following Tuesday; and will end the month against Cheraw, again, and Marlboro County (S.C.) two days later.
Coming off the first week of July, which is a mandatory dead period, Richmond is scheduled to welcome Chesterfield (S.C.) by itself early in the week and then Union Pines, West Bladen and Chesterfield to close the second week of July.
“This (also) allows us to evaluate how our kids will handle things in game-like situations,” Williams added. “We’ll use it as a learning tool throughout the summer and from it we can grow both offensively and defensively.”
In between the first day of summer workouts (Monday, June 11) and the first official day of the season (Monday, July 30), there will also be a camp for the offensive and defensive lines at UNC and a varsity camp at N.C. State.
For a full list of the Richmond football team’s updated summer schedule, visit www.yourdailyjournal.com/sports.
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