MARSHVILLE — After a scoreless first half, Sergio Chaparro finally broke the scoring bubble for Richmond Senior.
Chaparro scored at the 15-minute mark of the second half to spark Richmond to a 2-0 road win over Forest Hills Wednesday night.
“We had 15 shots on goal and five corner kicks in the first half,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard said. “We couldn’t score. We hit the post, had shots that were inches wide and their goalie had some good saves.”
Armando Garcia closed out the scoring for the Raiders (4-0) with a goal off an assist from Manuel Zapato eight minutes after Chaparro’s tally.
It was the second straight shutout for Richmond. Corey Smith started the first half in goal before being replaced by Joseph Griffith for the final 40 minutes.
The last time Richmond recorded back-to-back shutouts was during the 2012 season. Richmond blanked Purnell Swett 6-0 and Lumberton 2-0 on Oct. 8 and Oct. 10.
The Raiders and the Yellowjackets will square off again 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday in Rockingham.
In the junior varsity contest, Richmond and Forest Hills battled to a 1-all tie. Carson Leviner notched the only goal for Richmond (3-0-1).
JV Raiders rally for victory
WILMINGTON — Mistakes doomed the Richmond Senior junior varsity football team in the first half.
After being “challenged” by the coaching staff at halftime, the Raiders rallied from a 7-point deficit to breeze past Hoggard 54-29 Wednesday night.
“We played good, we just had turnovers and we didn’t play our responsibilities on defense in the first half,” Richmond coach Jason Norton said. “We played hard. After we challenged them at halftime they rose to the occasion.”
The Raiders scored seven touchdowns on the evening and because they were without their kicker, Alex Alvarado who was with the Richmond soccer team, they went for the 2-point conversion every time. They converted six as Leon Zeigler accounted for five.
Richmond will not return to action until 7 p.m. Sept. 11 when it travels to Jack Britt.
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