Thursday, 26 March 2020 17:40

Raiders, Scots calling on fans to vote in 'Best Rivalry' competition

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Richmond and Scotland are looking to win their second straight competition this spring. Richmond and Scotland are looking to win their second straight competition this spring. Photo courtesy of Friday Nights in Carolina Twitter page.

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Raider football fans who are cooped up in their house can still support the team from afar this spring.

During the time the Raiders and head coach Bryan Till would normally be conducting spring practices, online and social media competitions have taken over. 

Aside from creative workout videos and push-up challenges, the Raiders are looking to repeat as a part of North Carolina’s best high school gridiron rivalry.

Friday Nights in Carolina, an online media outlet that covers and streams high school football all over the state, is hosting its third annual “Best Rivalry in North Carolina” contest. Richmond is paired with Sandhills Athletic Conference rival Scotland High School, and the two programs are on the brink of making it back to the championship round.

But the Raiders and Scots need help from their fans.

The contest is being held on Twitter and fans are able to vote one time for each round of the tournament. Currently, the Raiders and Scots are neck-and-neck in the semifinal round with Crest and Shelby high schools.

At the time of publication, Richmond and Scotland lead the Chargers and Golden Lions by a 51.6 percent to 48.4 percent margin. A total of 607 votes have been cast and the semifinal round voting period is open through March 29.

Last spring, the storied 47-year rivalry between the Raiders and Scots was voted the best by Twitter fans across the state, beating Porter Ridge and Sun Valley high schools. Just over 2,000 votes were put forth in that competition, with Richmond and Scotland hauling in 53 percent of the final vote.

On their current run as a No. 1 seed in the competition, Richmond and Scotland have had a first-round bye, defeated No. 16 Hoggard and New Hanover in the second round and knocked off No. 8 East Forsyth and West Forsyth in the quarterfinals.

The other remaining pairing consists of No. 2 Porter Ridge and Sun Valley, along with No. 3 Charlotte Catholic and Weddington. Currently, Porter Ridge and Sun Valley lead with 54.8 percent of 307 votes.

To vote, click here for the link to Friday Nights in Carolina’s Twitter page.

Kyle Pillar

Three-time award-winning sports editor. Indiana University of Pennsylvania communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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