ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Raiders made history Friday night against Anson, handing the Bearcats a decisive loss, 58-0, en route to their 100th straight shutout at Raiders Stadium.
Although the Bearcats (0-3) came into Friday night’s game averaging 292 yards of offense, the Raiders limited them to just 146 yards of total offense.
Anson quarterback Rodrick Evans struggled to find any rhythm in the pocket, connecting on just 4 of 10 passes for 24 yards. Receiver Bunyon Tyson, who came into the game with five touchdowns, was limited to two catches for 11 yards.
Against the Raiders, the Bearcats found little room to run their option or pass the ball. Anson didn’t record a first down until the final two minutes of the first quarter.
At that point, Richmond had scored on two of its first three possessions. The only empty drive at that point for the Raiders was caused by a botched pitchout from quarterback Brent Flowers at the Bearcats’ 9-yard line which was recovered by Anson’s Devonta Teal.
Though Anson preferred to utilize its rushing game to move the ball, the Bearcats averaged 192 yards in the air. “It was a great job by Richmond,” Anson coach Luke Hyatt said. “We couldn’t get anything going and I will take the blame for that. I need to coach a little harder and we need to play a little harder. They are where we want to be.”
Richmond (2-0) put points on the board in nine of its 11 possessions in the contest, including eight touchdowns. Besides the fumble deep in Anson territory, the Raiders failed to score points after Robert Williams intercepted an Evans pass at the Richmond 7 with 4.8 seconds remaining in the first half.
The Bearcats will next travel to Chesterfield at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7.