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PHOTOS: JV Raiders at Seventy-First

Sophomores Esaias Brunson (95) and Tate Craven (52) tackle Jayden Jones in the first half of Richmond's game on Thursday. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

FAYETTEVILLE — The Richmond Senior High School junior varsity football team opened its season with a loss at Seventy-First on Thursday.

A few costly mistakes in the first half resulted in an 18-6 defeat to the JV Falcons.

Seventy-First scored all of its points in the first two quarters, finding the end zone on a pair of short runs. Two two-point conversions and a safety put the home team ahead 18-0.

But out of halftime, the JV Raiders got into a rhythm. Sophomore safety David Oliver intercepted a pass in the end zone to stop a drive inside the red zone.

Two plays later, freshman running back Elijah Ingram broke loose for an 80-yard rushing touchdown down the left sideline.

Head coach Ryan Mercer said he was pleased with the second-half effort, adding it was a chance for growth for the team.


To read the full game story and watch an interview with Mercer, click here.

Richmond (0-1) will host David W. Butler High School in its home opener next Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Below are photos of Thursday’s season opener taken by sports editor Kyle Pillar.

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Kyle Pillar is a 16-time North Carolina Press Association award-winning sports editor with The Richmond Observer. Follow the sports department on Twitter @ROSports_ for the best in-depth coverage of Richmond County sports.