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Top Sports Stories No. 2: Richmond defeats Scotland to end losing streak and claim SAC title

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The No. 2 moment is Richmond's SAC championship win over Scotland High School. The No. 2 moment is Richmond's SAC championship win over Scotland High School. Deon Cranford — The Richmond Observer.

ROCKINGHAM — As the Richmond Observer’s sports department’s annual countdown of the top 10 sports stories of the 2018-19 school year nears its top spot, the Richmond Senior High School football team lands on the list for the second time.

In the No. 2 slot of the most memorable moments from last 10 months is perhaps the Raiders’ biggest win in the past eight seasons. On Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, Richmond and head coach Bryan Till snapped a nearly decade-long drought and claimed their first conference championship since 2010.

On senior night, which recognized the Raiders’ 24 seniors ahead of the game, Richmond defeated its biggest rival, Scotland High School, 23-8. The previous seven conference championships had gone to the Fighting Scots.

Till called the win “huge” not only for his team, but for the entire community, which had been waiting eight years to reclaim the title. The 15-point victory served as Richmond’s eighth-straight win, and would be part of a season-long 10-game winning streak.

The Raiders used a balanced attack on offense and defense to win the title outright in the next-to-last Sandhills Athletic Conference game of the season. The annual rivalry game is usually the cap to the regular season, but hurricanes earlier in the fall pushed Richmond’s matchup with Purnell Swett High School to the end of the schedule.

Junior running back Jaheim Covington had two rushing scores in the win, crossing into the end zone from four yards and one yard, respectively. Sophomore quarterback Caleb Hood connected with junior tight end Gavin Russell for a one-yard touchdown, and sophomore kicker Trevor Moss tacked on a 27-yard field goal in the win.

On defense, Till’s Raiders forced four Scotland punts on its 10 possessions, while the Fighting Scots also turned the ball over on downs three other times. An interception by junior cornerback Xavion Lindsey, his first of the season, would come at a pivotal moment in the third quarter. He caught the ball in the end zone to thwart a would-be Scotland score.

ROSports will reveal its No. 1 sports moment on Tuesday. Click the photo below for the link to the original story written by sports editor Kyle Pillar for the Nov. 3, 2018, edition of the Richmond Observer:



Kyle Pillar

Sports Editor. IUP communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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