ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior’s Leon Zeigler only completed three passes during Friday night’s shutout against South View.
Bobby Terry caught all three — finishing the night with 90 yards and two touchdowns.
“I feel good,” Terry said with a smile. “I just work hard, do what the coaches tell me to do and I’ll be successful.”
The sophomore wide receiver has come on strong lately. After being held without a catch in the first two games, Terry has hauled in 13 catches for 239 yards and six scores.
Not bad for someone who’s still learning the position.
“At the beginning of the year, it was new to him. He was a running back in junior high,” skills coach Brad Denson said. “He’s learning how to run routes and learning how to take good angles, but all of that stuff is helping him get open.”
Terry’s two receiving touchdowns, along with a 6-yard run from Dante Miller, highlighted the Raiders’ 21-0 home victory over the visiting Tigers.
“They did a great job of trying to slow down the game. At one point they had run one play in two-and-a-half minutes,” coach Mike Castellano said. “And when you play a slow-down team, you can’t revert to their style of football. Coach (Steve) Burdeau did a great job of calling plays and moving us — and it finally got our offense going.”
Friday night was less about the Raiders putting points on the board and more about taking what South View’s defense gave them. Rather than forcing the air attack, Burdeau — Richmond’s offensive coordinator — stuck with the ground game and watched it pay off.
As a team, Richmond racked up 213 rushing yards on the night.
Damontre Bennett had a team-high 109 yards on 10 carries, Miller rushed for 61 yards, Zeigler used his legs to pick up 35 yards and Awshawuan Collins and Jeremy Wall combined for eight yards on four carries.
“Coach Burdeau knows what he’s doing. He’s great at what he does,” Castellano said. “Sometimes you throw for 350 yards, sometimes you run for 350. Either way, you just want to win.”
South View (3-2) had a few opportunities to put points on the board, as it missed a field goal on its opening drive, converted two big fourth downs and recovered an onside kick to open the second half.
But the Tigers couldn’t capitalize.
“We had our backs against the wall and had some adversity, but we fought through it,” Castellano explained. “At the end of the day, when you get a shutout, that says a lot about all phases on your team working together.”
South View also used its legs to move the chains.
Keyonis Hopkins led the Tigers with 86 rushing yards on 17 carries. Both Isaiah Capers and Derrick Noiles were heavily featured out of South View’s backfield, but a 34-yard scamper on fourth down from Isaiah Davis was good enough for second best on the night.
“They’re greatly improved and really tried to dictate the game,” Castellano added. “I’m glad we got a win against a team that’s very well-coached.”
Richmond (4-1) now prepares for Greensboro Dudley (5-0), who will come to town next Friday, Oct. 23.
Dudley defeated Pine Forest 35-7 on Friday and is currently ranked as the No. 2 team in the state in the Associated Press’ high school football poll. When these two teams met last season, Richmond was able to escape with a 14-12 decision.
“We’re going to review the film tonight and tomorrow morning and try to see what we need to do to get better,” Castellano said.
RS — 1Q 2:13, Dante Miller 6-yard run (XP good)
RS — 3Q 3:49, Leon Zeigler 39-yard pass to Bobby Terry (XP good)
RS — 4Q 5:45, Leon Zeigler 35-yard pass to Bobby Terry (XP good)
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