ROCKINGHAM — Following last week’s 7-on-7 with Cheraw and Marlboro County, Richmond head football coach Bryan Till talked about the importance of staying in shape during the state’s first mandatory dead period — which began on Sunday.
Since the NCHSAA doesn’t allow any coach-led team activities this week, Till’s message to his players before the seven-day hiatus was to make sure they run “a little bit,” take care of their bodies and keep a regular sleep schedule.
“(I want them to) make sure they’re not losing their wind,” Till said. “We haven’t done a ton of running at this point but we’ll come back in July and really start doing more running, because we can get into running shape a lot faster … We’ve been lifting really hard, trying to keep our pounds on, and didn’t want to lose a lot of the weight (we had gained) so early.
“The key for them will be to stay running a little bit next week.”
It looks as if players heard his message loud and clear.
Rising senior Jordyn Wall, wide receiver, posted a couple of videos on his Twitter page Monday evening of he and teammates at the school’s track — either running or catching a breather — with the caption “Just because you don’t have practice doesn’t mean you can’t use the day to get better.”
Till took notice of their initiative and responded with a tweet that read, “That’s what real Raiders do! Get it boys.” Greg Williams, associate head coach and wide receivers coach, also approved, tweeting “Go fellas!” in reply to Wall’s videos.
Richmond’s football team, which will host Chesterfield (S.C.) for a 7-on-7 next Tuesday, isn’t the only squad having to find different ways to work on its game during the off week. The basketball, soccer and volleyball teams have all been busy since the school year ended and are also eager to get back to participating in team activities.
Donald Pettigrew is entering his second year with the boys basketball program and has watched his players consistently improve as the summer progresses. The Raiders went from going 3-3 at their inaugural jamboree last month to winning the St. Andrews Team Camp Tournament this past weekend in Laurinburg.
Pettigrew’s former high school teammate Teddy Moseley, new head coach for girls basketball, started team workouts — something that hadn’t been done in recent years — a little more than two weeks ago. Moseley said he’s looking to change the culture in his debut season. The Lady Raiders have a scrimmage scheduled with Union Pines next Thursday, July 12.
The boys and girls soccer teams wrapped up their 18th annual camp last Thursday and officially said goodbye to former coach Bennie Howard, who recently retired but helped co-direct the four-day camp. Newly named head coach Chris Larsen now prepares for his first season at the helm. Workouts for the upcoming boys season will start at the end of the month.
Ashleigh Larsen took over the volleyball program last month and has been evaluating the returning and newcoming talent during summer workouts over the last three weeks. The Lady Raiders will be back on the court next week, working out from 9-10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The Richmond cross country teams will kick off their summer workouts next Tuesday, July 10, at Hinson Lake. The Richmond Rattlers, which consist of baseball players from the school’s team, will look to extend their five-game winning streak in the Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League next Tuesday as well.
The state’s second mandatory dead week will be from Sunday, July 15 until Saturday, July 21.
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