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The Week Ahead: Football finale highlights last full week of fall season

Richmond's football team will close out the regular season at Scotland on Friday. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

ROCKINGHAM — The fall high school sports season, which began in mid August, is entering its final week of regular-season play.

A handful of Richmond Senior High School’s programs — girls’ golf, girls’ tennis and volleyball — have already concluded their seasons.

Remaining are both cross country teams, the boys’ soccer team and the football team.

Soccer hopes to burst playoff bubble

Richmond’s soccer team and head coach Chris Larsen will start the Sandhills Athletic Conference tournament on Monday with hopes of qualifying for the NCHSAA 4A East state playoffs.

The No. 5 Raiders (9-10-1, 5-6-1 SAC) will travel to No. 4 Hoke County (13-8-1, 6-6 SAC) for the first round. Richmond has lost both of its matches to the Bucks this season. Play will start at 6 p.m.

Whichever team wins will play at No. 1 Lee County High School (16-5, 11-1 SAC) on Tuesday.

Regionals ahead for cross country

The Richmond boys’ and girls’ cross country teams will spend the week preparing for the NCHSAA 4A Mideast regional race.

Able to take each roster’s top seven runners, the Raiders and Lady Raiders will run at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary on Saturday.

Regular-season football finale set for Scotland

Fresh off its bye week, the Richmond football team (4-5, 4-1 SAC) will look to end its season on a four-game winning streak.

The Raiders and head coach Bryan Till are tied for second place in the SAC standings with Scotland (8-1, 4-1 SAC). Richmond has won four of the past five meetings and will look to redeem itself after last season’s one-point loss at home.

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Kickoff from Pate Stadium in Laurinburg is set for 7:30 p.m. 

The junior varsity football team (2-6, 2-3 SAC) will host the JV Scots on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for its final game of the season.