RC did everything they needed to do to prove themselves in the 80’s and 90’s. I don’t think anyone in their right mind would deny that and RC set a bar back then. I thought you were referring to the past few years. I was too young to care then, but quite proud to say 7 time state champs. RC schedule is proof they don’t play dodgeball. The SC teams played were the closest and were not chopped liver by any means. MC can tell you Dillon football is for real.[
During Richmonds title runs in the 80s and 90s those big boy SC powerhouses were also good. Gaffney was actually scheduling Crest and Shelby on and off during those years. Indy also scheduled Dorman(or might have been Spartanburg) when both were decent.
I think the same year RC struggled getting past Crest in the 4th round that same Crest team lost to Gaffney by 5 or 6 TD's. Just illustrating these teams were close by geographically and were much more imposing than a Marlboro or Dillon. It's just interesting that alot top tier 4A schools(even 3A schools) in the area would schedule these games, but RC never did, not even in the scrimmage. It would have been nice to see the matchup of RC's title teams against the SC Big 16 teams, although I think they would have put some losses on Richmond's undefeated years.