ROCKINGHAM – The junior varsity Richmond Raider football team has remained perfect all season, and continue to get solid play from their offensive players, defensive unit and special teams.
But another group that has gone under the radar is Richmond’s offensive line, and according to head coach Patrick Hope, that will be a big fixture in defeating Seventy-First High School Thursday night.
“A big key to our success all season has been our offensive line,” said Hope. “They have helped us stay balanced on offense with the run game and pass protection and can take over a game like they have several times this season.”
Hope mentioned that the line consisting of Austin Hart, Bryson Sanders, Zach Mabe, Brian Bowden and Adam Stubbs have been the starting five all season. That kind of consistency from an important unit on the field can be difficult because of injuries.
The head coach also said that Seventy-First has had their full attention all week during practice. The Falcons’ JV team had a three-year winning streak before Richmond played and beat them last year 12-8 in Fayetteville.
“We have stuck to our winning formula of three great days of preparation this week, with Monday being a film review day during the storms,” Hope said.
He and his staff have challenged the team to stay what he calls “L.I.T.,” which stands for loyal, intense and tough.
“We are loyal to the process that has gotten us to 8-0, intense in preparation and practice, and tough when tough situations come,” Hope explained. “The goal is to become the first JV football champions in the Sandhills Athletic Conference, and we can take one step closer tonight.”
Richmond (8-0, 5-0) will travel to Seventy-First Thursday with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m.