ROCKINGHAM — The lights at Raider Stadium shone brightly for the Class of 2023 on Friday as members of the senior class were recognized.
The Richmond Senior High School football team lost a nail-biter, 22-21, to rival Scotland High School, but before the game and at halftime, this year’s seniors were honored for their contributions.
Escorted by family members and a member of the Richmond faculty, the senior football players also had a number 34 balloon arrangement.
It was a gesture of support for sophomore teammate Bobby Little, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.
Also known before the game were Richmond’s six senior cheerleaders: Cayden Hood, Akira Jackson, Madisyn Locklear, Tatum Rhyne, Sanajia Tillman and Abby Williams.
Members of the Richmond band and color guard were also honored at halftime. Those members were: Cyncere Bell, Makayla Conaway, Terrae Covington, Neely Dawkins, Nicholas Ewing, Rachel Martin, Layla Morman, Heather Pike, Asrella Redfearn, Kadia Rucker, Leah Squires and Damani Terry.
Below is a list of Richmond’s 22 football seniors, in order of jersey number:
Taye Spencer, RB (1); Jamarion Bryant, WR (2); Brandon Askins, DB (4); Emoni McBride, QB (5); Zyion Baldwin, LB (10); Messiah Shaw, DB (16); Jadden Jenks, WR (18); Emerson Wall, DB (23); Frazion Steele, LB (24); Isaiah Wall, LB (28); Ayden Mabe, K (31); London McLaurin, LB (38); Joey Cook, Olympics (65); Tyson Holloway, Olympic (75); Christian Quick, Olympic (76); Jeffery Linton, Olympic (77); Ethan Clayton, DL (78); Wade Stephens, RB (82); Luke McCormick, P (83); Tyler Berry, K (84); Noah Preslar, WR (89) and Urijah McDonald, DL (99).
Below are photos from senior night, taken by sports editor Kyle Pillar.