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The Week Ahead: Fall sports enter final stretch

Vernan McDonald (14) and the Raider soccer team will travel to Hoke County on Monday. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

ROCKINGHAM — Only three of Richmond Senior High School’s six fall sports programs have competitions remaining on the schedule.

The girls’ golf, girls’ tennis and volleyball seasons all wrapped up recently. Still in action in the coming week are the cross country teams, boys’ soccer and football.

Raider soccer set for SAC tournament

Following a win at Scotland last week, the Richmond boys’ soccer team snapped a six-game losing streak and earned sixth place in the final Sandhills Athletic Conference standings.

As the No. 6 seed, the Raiders (5-14-1, 4-8 SAC) will head to No. 3 Hoke County High School (11-7-1, 6-5-1) for the opening round of the SAC tournament on Monday.

During the regular season, the Raiders and Bucks split the two meetings, with the home team winning each time. The second contest went to double overtime and each match was decided by one goal.

Head coach Chris Larsen said the matchup with Hoke County is Richmond’s “best chance” to try and advance. The Raiders are fighting to earn a playoff seed. Monday’s match will begin at 7 p.m.

Football to host senior night against Scotland

Fresh off a bye week, the Richmond varsity football team will try to earn a share of the SAC regular-season title. Looking to extend its winning streak to four games, the Raiders (5-4, 4-1 SAC) will host rival Scotland (5-4, 3-2 SAC) on Friday.

If the Raiders win, and SAC leader Pinecrest (7-2, 5-0 SAC) loses to Union Pines, Richmond and the Patriots would be named conference co-champions.

The annual rivalry meeting will also serve as senior night for the Raiders, who will recognize over 20 players this year. The 1972 team will also hold a 50-year reunion during the game. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Raider Stadium.


In junior varsity action, Richmond will play at Scotland on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The JV Raiders have already clinched a share of the title, and can win outright with a victory. 

Cross country teams prepare for 4A Mideast regionals

Both of Richmond’s cross country teams will be represented in the NCHSAA 4A Mideast regional race, set for Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.

The Lady Raiders placed third in the SAC championship and will send Mariana Mendez, Presley Dawkins, Alivia Webb, Sheccid Heaton and Ella Munn to compete.

For the Raiders, who took fifth place in the SAC title run, it will be Christian Sanchez, Kodie Simmons, D.J. Gainey, Jake Richardson and Naaman Perakis running. 

No start time was available at the time of publication.

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Kyle Pillar is a 22-time North Carolina Press Association award-winning sports editor with The Richmond Observer. Follow the sports department on X @ROSports_ for the best in-depth coverage of Richmond County sports.