MYRTLE BEACH — Richmond Senior remained undefeated following a commanding Friday night performance against Marlboro County.
The Raiders bested the Bulldogs 41-19 at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach. The game is part of the Derrick Law Firm Carolina Kickoff Clash presented by Sports Radio 100.3 FM The Team.
Richmond is now a perfect 14-0 all-time against Marlboro County.
Miles Grant scored three touchdowns, all in the first half as Richmond led 20-13 at the break. Grant had 100 yards of rushing through the third quarter. He was named the contest’s Most Valuable Player for his performance.
Things didn’t start off well for Richmond as Marlboro opened the scoring midway through the first quarter when London Johnson found Tabari Hines in the right corner of the end zone for a 20-yard reception.
On the ensuing possession, Richmond quarterback Luke Hoggard was intercepted by A.J. McClean, who returned the ball to the Richmond 30.
The Raider defense was able to come up with a big play to thwart the Bulldogs. Linebacker Harrison Nelson broke through to sack Johnson for a 14-yard loss. A short pass and an incomplete pass forced Marlboro to punt the ball back to Richmond.
The Raiders responded with a quick three-play scoring drive. Quientel Goodwin rushed 37 yards to put the ball at the Marlboro 30. Grant added a 26-yard run. On the play, the Bulldogs were flagged for a personal foul penalty to move the ball to the 2-yard line. Grant finished out the possession with a 2-yard drive.
“Momentum really carries the game,” Luke Hoggard said. “The defense came up big. The defense has played two outstanding games.”
After a punt by Marlboro, Richmond appeared set to take the lead as it was driving the ball deep in Bulldog territory. On an attempted handoff, Hoggard lost the ball and it was scooped by McClean. The Marlboro defender was being tackled, but flipped the ball to Hines, who ran in for the score to put the Bulldogs in front 13-7. The extra-point was wide.
Richmond coach Paul Hoggard said Marlboro’s defensive scheme surprised him. He added with an inexperienced offensive line, it took some time for the changes to take hold.
“All the film we had on them they showed an 8-man front with one over the top,” Paul Hoggard said. “They came out in a 3-man front and two over the top. It’s the second game of the year with a young offensive line. We made some adjustments.”
Richmond tied the game on its next drive as Grant rushed in from the 3, but Brandon Greene’s extra-point was wide.
Just before halftime, the Raiders took the lead for good as Grant scored on a 35-yard run with 1:45 left.
Paul Hoggard, like his son, praised the defense for being able to come up with the key play to keep Marlboro out of the end zone and building a two-possession advantage.
“The defense kept us in the game early,” he said. “We finally were able to figure it out on offense and get going.”
After the break, Richmond quickly pulled away from Marlboro.
The Raiders took the opening possession and drove it 58 yards in seven plays as Goodwin scored on a 2-yard run. It was the first touchdown of the season scored by someone other than Grant for the Raiders.
Richmond’s defense added a score of its own moments later as Daryus Skinner picked up a fumble and ran it 34 yards for the touchdown. Skinner’s score extended the Raiders’ advantage to 34-13.
Another fumble recovery by Skinner on Marlboro’s next possession lead to Richmond’s final touchdown of the late. Luke Hoggard found the end zone from 11 yards out to cap a four-play, 46-yard drive to make it 41-13 late in the third quarter.
Marlboro’s Dylven Covington scored on a touchdown run in the fourth quarter to account for the final score.
Richmond (2-0) will return to action 7:30 p.m. Friday when it welcomes Vance to Raider Stadium for its first home game of the season. Marlboro (0-1) will hit the road and travel to Laurinburg to take on Scotland.
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