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Rebels experience various scenarios early in scrimmage

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  • Game Recap
  • Spring Practice
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  • George Becnel
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  • May 19, 2018 - 12:02pm

First-year Riverside coach Kevin Dizer (right) watches some of his players in action prior to the start of Saturday morning's scrimmage to conclude spring practice.

Riverside Academy faced a bit of everything early in the Rebels’ final scrimmage Saturday morning to conclude spring practice.

Only two plays into scrimmage, the defense came up with a big play on an interception by linebacker Nick Washington.

On the next play from scrimmage, the offense responded on an 80-yard touchdown run down the left sideline by running back Chamar Jackson.

The offense then marched on a sustained 80-yard drive, including a key third-and-1 conversion at the defense’s 42. The drive was culminated three plays later on a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Gage Larvadain to Kash Foley.

“From an offensive standpoint, you throw a pick the second play, that’s terrible but you bounce back when you hit an 80-yard run. From a defensive standpoint, you get a pick and you are riding high then you get (beat). It just shows guys you can’t be too high, you can’t be too low. You’ve just got to stay even keel and be ready to go,” first-year Riverside head coach Kevin Dizer said.

Following the graduation of a large senior class, numbers are down on the Riverside football team. With approximately 40 players participating in the scrimmage, there was no first- and second-unit work.

Saturday’s format consisted with the ball being placed at the offense’s 20-yard line and the offense had four plays to pick up a first down. If the unit failed to convert or of there was a turnover, the ball was placed back at the 20-yard line.

The format work well, according to Dizer.

“That’s one of the reasons why we schedule it like we schedule it. We just go ahead and move the chains because of scenarios that show themselves so we’ve got a lot to teach from,” the first-year Rebels coach said.

The final scrimmage was a great way to conclude a productive spring practice,” Dizer said.

“The physicality has been good. The tempo has been good. We need to improve on conditioning but I couldn’t be more proud of our coaches and the kids – the coaches for believing in these and getting them for where they are and the kids for sticking with it for two weeks, and it’s been a hot two weeks and we’ve been having some real physical practices,” said Dizer.

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George Becnel is an award-winning journalist and has been a sports writer and editor for more than 30 years.