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No. 3 Richmond's defense creates second-half surge in comeback win over No. 6 South View

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Senior defensive end J.D. Lampley closes in on one of his two sacks on Cedavion Wimbley (2) in Richmond's 23-15 win. Senior defensive end J.D. Lampley closes in on one of his two sacks on Cedavion Wimbley (2) in Richmond's 23-15 win. Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

ROCKINGHAM — Scoring 20 unanswered points in the second half on Friday, the Richmond Raiders spoiled South View High School’s two-game shutout streak to start the season.

No. 3 Richmond used a healthy dose of defensive playmakers to spark a second-half comeback against the No. 6 Tigers, balancing that with an offensive effort which resulted in a 23-15 victory.

Using two rushing scores, and another through the air, Richmond flipped the script in the final two quarters to hold off a talented Tigers (2-1) team. The win moved the Raiders to 3-1 after facing four top 10 ranked opponents to start the season.

South View controlled the tempo early, jumping out to a 15-3 lead at halftime. 

Tiger quarterback Cedavion Wimbley scored a 65-yard rushing touchdown on the third play of the game and added a two-point run to make it 8-0 with 10:55 remaining in the opening stanza.

The Raiders scored their only points of the first half on their second drive when senior kicker Alex Medina capped an 8-play, 33-yard drive with a 26-yard field goal. 

With 2:40 left in the second quarter, South View added a 7-yard rushing score to extend its lead to 12 points at the break.

Richmond had four drives in the first half, with two of them ending on punts and the other on a turnover on downs inside the red zone. It was the first time this season the Raiders failed to score a touchdown in the opening half.

Head coach Bryan Till said the message at halftime was directed more to the coaches.

“It was nothing that was crazy, but it wasn’t what we were supposed to be focused on,” Till explained. “I was focused on calls, I was focused on mistakes. I think our guys mirrored that.

“When we said let’s focus on us and what we have to do to be better, we were fine. Our kids continued to focus on us… and when we did that, I thought you saw it pay off in the second half.”

Richmond received the kickoff to start the second half and wasted no time chipping away at its deficit. Marching down the field 68 yards on 9 plays, senior quarterback Kellan Hood started with back-to-back completions to junior running back Taye Spencer for a combined 21 yards.

A series of runs moved the ball to the 12-yard line, and junior tailback Brandon Askins ran the ball on three consecutive plays to score. His final carry was a 1-yard plunge up the middle for a touchdown.

Junior Brandon Askins (25) gets a push from teammate Gabe Altman (6) to score a rushing touchdown. (Kyle Pillar/The Richmond Observer)

Medina tacked on the extra point to make it a 15-10 South View lead with 7:38 to play in the third quarter.

After both teams turned the ball over on downs on their next respective possession, Richmond’s defense kicked it up a notch to start the fourth quarter. 

On South View’s third play of the quarter, senior defensive end J.D. Lampley dropped Wimbley for a 9-yard loss on a quarterback sack. That play forced the Tigers to punt from their own 11-yard line, giving the Raiders a short field.

Beginning at the Tigers’ 40-yard line, it took Richmond’s offense just five plays to score the eventual game-winning touchdown. On second down, Spencer found a hole in the line and sprinted up the middle of the field for a 24-yard rushing score, his fourth of the season.

The two-point conversion attempt failed, but Richmond held onto a 16-15 lead with 7:43 left in regulation.

Junior running back Taye Spencer (21) moves around Jabori Lee (15) on his 24-yard score. (Kyle Pillar/The Richmond Observer)

South View’s offense moved into Richmond territory on the next drive and after it stalled, Jay Haggins attempted a 50-yard field goal. Senior cornerback Jaleak Gates burst through the line and tipped the kick, which was swatted down by Lampley on the second effort.

A turnover on downs in four plays by the Raiders gave South View another chance, but Lampley recorded his second sack on Wimbley, a 4-yard loss, on first down. A stop by senior linebacker Gabe Altman on second down and an incomplete pass brought up 4th-and-7.

Going for it, Wimbley coughed the ball up trying to round the edge to his right, and junior defensive tackle Jerry Cogg fell on the ball to give Richmond possession at the Tigers’ 43-yard line.

Junior Jerry Cogg (97) comes up with a fourth-quarter fumble in Friday’s win. (Kyle Pillar/The Richmond Observer)

Hood added an insurance touchdown on the next play from scrimmage, completing a pass to senior wide receiver Trey Thomas, who ran 43 yards down the right sideline to score his second touchdown of the season.

Another successful Medina PAT made it a 23-15 advantage with 2:15 left in the game.

The Tigers threw the ball on four consecutive plays to try and score, but Gates and Askins knocked away a 4th-down pass attempt to Jarod Brown. 

Hood and the Richmond offense went into victory formation to run out the remainder of the clock. 

“Great job by our defense, also by our offense helping our defense,” Till said. “When our defense shut them out, the offense was making long drives to keep those guys off the field. It was huge.

“The plays those guys made in the air to knock the ball down and plays on the quarterback, the sacks… Zyion Baldwin, the play to take away some throws and the quarterback had to scramble. Just a big total team effort by the defense and the offense helping us out by doing whatever they had to do to score to get us back ahead.”

Senior Trey Thomas (4) crosses into the end zone late in the fourth quarter to seal the win. (Kyle Pillar/The Richmond Observer)

Richmond recorded 341 yards of total offense (182 rushing, 159 passing) compared to South View’s 240 yards (144 rushing, 96 passing). Defensively, the Raiders recorded four sacks, two more than the Tigers.

Hood finished the night 11-of-18 through the air with 159 yards to four different receivers, and added 50 rushing yards on 15 carries. Spencer was the leading rusher with 78 yards on 9 touches, and was also the top receiver with 6 catches for 81 yards. 

Askins had 10 yards on the ground and the score, and senior running back Nasir Crumpton contributed 49 yards on eight carries. 

Senior wideout Javares Stanback hauled in three catches for 29 yards, Thomas had one grab for 43 yards and senior Chris Ellerbe added one catch for 6 yards.

Wimbley was 10-of-20 for 96 yards and led the Tigers with 107 rushing yards on 11 carries.

The Raiders (3-1) will now enter an off week before opening Sandhills Athletic Conference play against Pinecrest High School on Friday, Sept. 24 at home.

Richmond’s original SAC opener was scheduled for next Friday at home against Southern Lee, but that game was moved to Oct. 12 due to the Cavaliers following COVID-19 protocols.

VIDEO INTERVIEWS — Click the links below to hear from players and coaches following Friday's win.

Jaleak Gates, senior cornerback

J.D. Lampley, senior defensive end

Taye Spencer, junior running back

Bryan Till, head coach

The Richmond Observer will publish a photo gallery of Friday’s game on Saturday. For updates on all Richmond County sports, follow us on Twitter @ROSports_.

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Kyle Pillar

Nine-time N.C. Press Association award-winning sports editor. Indiana University of Pennsylvania communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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