MATTHEWS — The Richmond Raider football team couldn’t get its momentum going soon enough during Friday’s non-conference game.
The Raiders suffered a 50-13 loss to No. 25 Butler in a game filled with penalties, costly mistakes and two punt returns for touchdowns by the Bulldogs.
Butler took a 34-0 lead at halftime and added two points early in the second half following a safety on a blocked punt.
Both of Richmond’s touchdowns came in the fourth quarter, the first on a 5-yard run by sophomore quarterback Evan Hodges.
Later in the quarter, Hodges connected with senior wide receiver Javian Drake for a 56-yard catch and run score. Junior kicker Billy West added the point-after attempt.
Richmond’s only positive turnover came in the first half when junior defensive back Christopher Covington intercepted a pass near the end zone.
Junior defensive end Zach Gardner added the team’s only quarterback sack.
Richmond (0-2) will try to avoid its second straight 0-3 start to the season when it hosts No. 4 Cardinal Gibbons High School (1-1) next Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Below are photos of Friday’s non-conference game taken by sports editor Kyle Pillar.