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Riverside back in win column after 42-6 triumph over Fisher Gators

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  • October 21, 2017 - 6:56am

File photosRiverside coach Chris Lachney saw his Rebels win for the first time since the season opener with a 42-6 victory over the Fisher Gators on Friday night.

Riverside Academy’s football team has been a big-picture type program over the past few years so a win after a 1-4 start wasn’t necessarily imperative but it was nice just the same.

The Rebels defeated Fisher 42-6 Friday night over visiting Fisher to improve to 2-4 on the season and 1-1 in District 8-2A.

“We try to be where our feet are and not where our eyes are taking us but at the end of the day, they are high school kids and they want to win. The school wants to win, the fans want to win and the coaches want to win. Obviously, it beats losing,” Riverside coach Chris Lachney said.

Regardless of the final score, Lachney said he was please with the way his Rebels went about their business Friday night.

“Our kids stayed dialed in and focused and we really challenged our kids to be pieces of a puzzle. I think we’ve had deficiencies earlier in the season in terms of ‘can I just be the piece of the puzzle that the play needs me to be,’ instead of just running around and trying to make all the plays. We really accepted our roles and really did our jobs of what we were asked to do,” said Lachney.

Louis Cheneau, a fixture on both sides of the ball, played strictly on offense against Fisher and came up with a pair of rushing touchdowns.

Connor Naquin, a sophomore, took Cheneau’s place at linebacker and made the most of his opportunity, with an interception and numerous tackles.

Meanwhile, quarterback Jordan Loving and receiver Kash Foley hooked up on a pair to touchdown passes.

“When it comes to throwing the football, sometimes you can get beat by air. We’ve been kind of guilty of that by not being very sharp offensively. I think we were (against) Fisher and did some good things. Jordan and Nash and some of the other guys really were on the same page with one another and did a good job.

Special teams also left a mark with a 40-yard punt return by Garland Robertson.

“Garland is a special player. He’s a great player for us on defense. He came up with a defensive touchdown last week against Newman. He’s that spark,” said Lachney.

A 47-yard touchdown run by Cheneau staked the Rebels to a 7-0 lead only 30 seconds in the game.

Loving and Foley hooked up for their first score on a 50-yard strike to extend the lead to 14-0 with 9:40 still remaining in the opening quarter.

A 15-yard run by Zack Geiger and a 17-yard gallop by Cheneau gave Riverside a 28-0 lead after one quarter.

Riverside rounded out its scoring with a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter.

Loving and Foley hooked up on a 30-yard scoring toss only 16 seconds into the second quarter to make it 35-0.

Riverside’s final score came on Robertson’s 40-yard punt return at the 5:58 mark of the second quarter.

Fisher, 2-6 overall, 0-2 in district, avoided the shutout on a 9-yard run by Dylan Ducoing with 3:05 left in the game.

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