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PHOTOS: Richmond at Lee County

Joe Parsons (44) and Ethan Clayton (78) tackle B.J. Brown (7) in the first quarter. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

SANFORD — Surviving a big conference road test on Friday, the Richmond Raider football team obtained its first winning record of the season.

Defeating Lee County High School 35-33, the Raiders stayed in second place in the Sandhills Athletic Conference standings.

Using a 28-point first half, the Raiders got things going on special teams when senior Brandon Askins blocked a 24-yard field goal attempt on the game’s opening drive.

Answering with an 80-yard march, the Raiders took a 7-0 lead thanks to a 4-yard rushing score from senior Taye Spencer.

The first quarter saw the Raiders jump out to a 21-14 lead, adding to their point total with an 83-yard passing score from senior Emoni McBride to Spencer. Junior Jaliel Green broke loose for a 66-yard rushing touchdown.

McBride connected with senior Jamarion Bryant for a 26-yard passing score in the second quarter, which gave Richmond a 28-21 lead at the break.

Helping set up the Raiders’ final score was a strip fumble recovery by senior Frazion Steele early in the third. 


With the short field, McBride tied his career-high of three passing touchdowns with a 12-yard toss to junior Jada Zimmerman.

In the final quarter, Lee County (6-2, 2-2) pulled within one possession and was on the brink of tying the game after a successful onside kick attempt. But sophomore Joe Parsons disrupted the two-point try and senior Messiah Shaw intercepted the ball.

Using a penalty and two rushing first downs, the Raiders ran out the final 4:20 to secure the win, their third straight.

Richmond (5-4, 4-1 SAC) has a bye this week and will close its season at home against rival Scotland on Oct. 28. It will also be senior night, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.

For a full recap of Friday’s win, complete with video interviews, click here.

Below are photos of Friday’s conference win for Richmond over Lee County, taken by sports editor Kyle Pillar.

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Kyle Pillar is a nine-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.