by Matt Lincoln
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - There has been a revolving door for the players of the Richmond Raiders to start the season. But, they have won three of their first four games, with their biggest rival coming into town this weekend.
The Raiders lost their star quarterback at the end of their season opener. Williamsburg product and former Virginia Tech Hokie Brian Randall threw seven touchdowns, and then injured his knee in the fourth quarter. He is out for the year, but continues to show up for practice to help his teammates.
His tutelage is paying off. Backup quarterback Aaron Alexander has thrown 10 touchdowns in the three games since, and has a record of 2-1. Alexander went to Henrico High School, and played both football and basketball at Michigan State. The former Spartan also could not avoid the injury bug. Alexander injured his hip late in last Saturday's victory, but he believes he'll be ready to go for this week's game.
Saturday the Raiders play Fayetteville, a team that looks very familiar to Richmond fans. Fayetteville's three best players played on the Raiders team last year. The mass exodus from the River City is partly due to the Raiders importing players from the crosstown Revolution, and also because last year's coach of the Raiders, Charles Gunnings, now coaches in Fayetteville.
To add to the rivalry, the game will be for first place. Kickoff at the Coliseum is at 7pm.