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.
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.