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Taye Spencer: The Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week

Senior running back Taye Spencer has been named the Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

ROCKINGHAM — A big night under the lights has landed senior football player Taye Spencer as the Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week, presented by HWY 55.

Serving as the biggest catalyst of the Raiders’ offense on Friday, Spencer put up personal best numbers as part of a 28-19 win over South View, the team’s first of the season.

Earning his second career recognition, the other as a member of the 4×200 relay team, Spencer was a threat on the ground and in the passing game against the Tigers.

Athletic Profile

Year: Senior

Fall Sport: Football

Position: Running Back

Height & Weight: 

Years on Varsity: 2 years

Other Sports: Track and Field


Known as a running back with speed and power, Spencer impressed with 297 all-purpose yards and registered three total touchdowns in Week 4. As a team, Richmond recorded 453 yards of total offense, a season-high.

He registered a single-game career-high 202 rushing yards on 26 carries (7.7 yards per attempt) and also added a single-game personal best 95 receiving yards (game-high) on four catches from senior quarterback Emoni McBride.

Spencer found the end zone once in the first half to help give the Raiders a 14-7 lead at half time. With 57 seconds left in the second quarter, Spencer capped an 8-play, 61-yard scoring drive with a 19-yard catch and run along the right sideline.

Leading by a point near the end of the third quarter, Spencer hauled in a 25-yard catch from McBride to move the Raiders deep into Tigers’ territory. Two plays later, Spencer scored the first of his two second-half rushing scores, a 14-yard run up the middle.

After a response by South View, Spencer cemented the win with a 71-yard rushing touchdown. He split out to the right and outran a horde of defenders before racing down the right sideline untouched.

That gave the Raiders a 28-19 lead and senior Messiah Shaw intercepted a pass on the next drive to allow Richmond to run out the clock.

Spencer’s efforts on the ground picked up 11 first downs for Richmond and he had one run over 20 yards and one run over 40 yards. He also had two catches for 20+ yards and one go for more than 40 yards.

Richmond (1-3) will begin Sandhills Athletic Conference play against Southern Lee High School (1-3) on the road this Friday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Senior running back Taye Spencer (1) eludes a pair of defenders in the first quarter of Friday’s win over South View. (Kyle Pillar/The Richmond Observer)



Watch a video interview of Spencer as he discusses his career performance, the Raiders’ goals during conference play and talks about his pre-game routine.

The Richmond Observer will publish two more Official Richmond County Athletes of the Week next week.

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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.