ROCKINGHAM — For the fourth straight season, the Southeastern Conference football championship will be decided at either Raider Stadium or Pate Stadium between Richmond and Scotland.
The Raiders had the upper hand in 2010, stopping the Scots 31-21 to finish the season with a 10-1 mark and 5-0 in the conference. It was the second consecutive league championship for the Raiders in the reformed SEC.
Plus that victory was the 18th in a row for Richmond in the series, stretching 16 years and gave the Raiders a 35-8-1 advantage in the rivalry.
Since then, Scotland has reigned as the king of the SEC and has its eyes on a three-peat in the series as well as in the conference.
The Fighting Scots rolled past the Raiders 41-7 in 2011 en route to a 15-0 season, capped by the school’s first state championship. They followed that performance with a hard-fought 21-14 victory last year in Raider Stadium to claim their SEC regular season crown.
And now Scotland is looking for its first three-game winning streak against Richmond since taking four straight in 1993 and 1994. Before that stretch, it had been nine seasons — 1981 to 1983 — since the Fighting Scots posted consecutive victories.
“Rivalries are a great thing for the fans,” Richmond coach Paul Hoggard said. “I hope people care about the game, but we’re still trying to win a conference championship.”
In what will probably be the only thing Scotland coach Richard Bailey will agree with his counterpart this week, he concurs with Hoggard the yearly matchup is fantastic water-cooler discussion for the teams’ supporters.
“Its really important to both communities,” Bailey said. “It gives them bragging rights for the next 364 days in the barbershops and coffee shops.”
NCHSAA releases championship game times
CHAPEL HILL — The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced the game times and sites for this year’s eight football championship contests.
The 4A title tilt will be played at North Carolina State’s Carter-Finley Stadium at 3 p.m. Dec. 14 and the 4AA championship game will follow, starting at 7 p.m.
The NCHSAA will again use three stadiums, besides Carter-Finley, championships will be decided at Wake Forest’s BB&T Field and Kenan Stadium on the North Carolina campus.
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