- Game Recap
- Eric Richey
- September 17, 2017 - 2:40am
In a game that featured just under 1,200 combined total yards, which quickly turned into one of those "whoever has the ball last will win games," it was Rummel converting a 4th-and-two with under three minutes to play to preserve a 38-34 shootout over Riverside Saturday night at Joe Yenni Stadium.
"Riverside did the same thing to Barbe last week, they did to us tonight, they hung in there to the very end" said Rummel coach Jay Roth. "We made the 4th-and-two which was probably the play of the game."
The loss drops Riverside to 1-2 overall, and despite hanging tough with back-to-back 5A opponents, first year Riverside coach Chris Lachney is not counting any moral victories.
"No, never. At Riverside Academy we don't believe in moral victories," said Lachney. "We've set the bar really high and there's no such thing as (moral victories). But that doesn't mean that you can't take positives out of losses, and that's what we'll do. We're going to regroup, we've lost two in a row. We haven't done that a lot around here in a long time. We've got a bye week and De La Salle next. It doesn't get any easier for sure and our kids have to be ready to fight the next time they go out."
Both offenses seemed unstoppable and the numbers backed that up. Riverside finished with 606 total yards with Rummel not far behind with 580 (377 rushing). As impressive as both of those totals were the jaw-dropper came under Riverside quarterback Jordan Loving's stat line. The Rebels senior quarterback completed 32-47 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns. In doing so, Loving becomes Riverside's career passing leader with 5,923 yards eclipsing the previous mark of 5,800 set by Thomas Hymel in 1990.
"That's a credit to the guys around me," said Loving. "It's a credit to the defense for getting us the ball first. It's a credit to the play-callers, the receivers, the offensive line first and foremost. Whatever the number was, at the end of the day we lost. There's still things we need to build on and still things we can get better from."
"He's a great football player and a great young man," said Lachney. "Our football team is not the same without him. It's amazing to think how talented he isand really the best things about him aren't physical. It's the leadership. It's the work ethic. It's the toughness he brings to this football team seven days a week. We only write about it one day a week, but you could write a great story about him every single day from what he does at practice. I'm so proud of him.
Rummel jumped out to a quick 14-nothing lead on a pair of Chandler Fields to Koy Moore touchdown passes.
With all of Riverside's dazzling passing numbers it was the Rebels running attack that got the scoring parade started when Jeremy Gibson powered in for an impressive 19-yard touchdown run. After Colton Wilson's extra point Riverside had cut the Rummel lead in half.
Rummel added a Dwan Trufant 6-yard touchdown run and went to the half leading 21-7,
It was the second half when the major fireworks began. That's when Loving racked up over 360 of his passing yards and all four of his touchdown passes. Three Rebels had over 100 yards receiving. Kash Foley led the way with 10 receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown, with Jalen Banks adding 3 receptions for 140 yards (46.7 yards/catch average), and a touchdown, and Jeremiah Bigham finishing with 6 receptions and 121 yards and a touchdown.
When Fields connected with Ja'Marr Chase for a 14-yard touchdown, Rummel had extended the lead to 35-14 with just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter.
"It was just a good pass from Chandler putting it in the right spot for me," said Chase. "I want to give (credit) to the line and all the offensive players. They all did well tonight. We all did good, it was a tough fight."
From there, Riverside closed on a 20-3 run as Loving threw touchdown passes to Bigham (22 yards), Garland Robertson, Jr. (51 yards) and Banks (65 yards) and with five minutes to play, the Rebels had cut the lead to 38-34. But thanks to the 4th-and-two conversion when Fields connected to Evan Francioni for 8 yards, Rummel was able to run out the clock.
"Like I told our players, they have a trophy in their closet from last year and we didn't. I don't care what division they are. They're a powerful high-energy offense," said Roth.
"It kind of went the way we thought it would go," said Lachney. "You've got two really good offenses going at each other and it was everything that it was built up to be. Can't say enough about my kids and their fight but we're certainly not happy with the outcome and we're going to work our butts off to make it better the next time we go out."
"It's a tough defeat," said Loving. Rummel's a great ball club, hats off to them. I'm proud of this team the way we fought throughout adversity throughout the whole game. Few plays away, just didn't go our way tonight but that's the little things we got to clean up. But overall, not bad."