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Riverside beats Comets at their own game in 35-14 drubbing

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  • October 22, 2016 - 12:48pm

Photos by Jarrod MonaretJeremy Gibson's touchdown run gave Riverside a 21-0 halftime lead on the Rebels' way to a 35-14 home win Friday over rival St. Charles.

Riverside Academy beat St. Charles Catholic at its own game Friday night in a District 12-2A showdown between the rivals Friday night in Reserve.

The Rebels dominated field position from the start of the game in defeating the Comets 35-14.

Riverside (6-1 overall, 3-0 in district) had an average starting field position of its own 45 yard line. Meanwhile, St. Charles (6-2 overall, 2-1 in district) had average starting field position of its own 26.

The Rebels established their advantage for the start, holding the Comets to three-and-out throughout most of their first-half possessions.

After holding St. Charles on the initial drive of the game, the Rebels scored on a touchdown pass from quarterback Jordan Loving to Avonti Cannon and a 7-0 lead.

Riverside was 3 of 3 on third-down conversions on the drive and 1 of 1 on fourth down. Riverside, which would go on to convert on 7 of 9 third-down situations in the first half, ended the game 8 of 12 on third-down conversions.

“It was very, very important for us to come out fast and strong in the beginning – and we accomplished that,” Riverside coach Bill Stubbs said. “They (the Comets) are not a team that will rack off big yardage, outside of the quarterback (Lloyd Nash) breaking free.

“We were (holding St. Charles to) three-and-out, three-and-out the whole first half and we maintained great field position. That’s one of (St. Charles coach) Frankie (Monica’s) fortes; he loves to play field position.”

“We couldn’t get anything going offensively and they ended up playing on a short field and we didn’t get many reps on the offensive side. They completely dominated us up front. It’s that simple,” Monica said.

Another three-and-out gave the ball right back to Riverside in favorable field position but the Rebels failed to take advantage when Nash intercepted a Loving pass at the Comets’ 1-yard line.

A 27-yard pass from Loving, who was 16 of 25 passing for 145 yards, to Jalen Banks capped a 42-yard drive to give Riverside a 14-0 lead at the 5:25 mark of the second quarter.

“I thought outside of the interception, we played really good in all three phases. It might be our best outing to date in terms of execution on both sides of the ball and special teams,” Stubbs said. 

Riverside scored on a 1-yard Jeremy Gibson run on the final play of the first half to give the Rebels a 21-0 lead at the break.

A 1-yard run by Louis Cheneau to cap a 12-play, 75-yard drive to open the second half extended Riverside’s lead to 28-0.

“That was real big, especially since the fact they had the first possession of the third quarter and they scored on that possession, too. If you can’t play defense, it’s hard to win championships,” Monica said.

A fourth-and-goal touchdown pass from 6 yards out from Nash to Phillip Tran with 24 seconds remaining in the third quarter gave the Comets their first points of the game to trail 28-7.

Randall Campbell’s 29-yard catch down to the 1-yard line set up a 1-yard run by Tim Williams to make the score 28-14 with 6:32 left in the game.

Cheneau added a 1-yard run in the closing seconds to make the final 35-14.

Riverside finished with 370 yards of total offense while limiting St. Charles to 142.

“We didn’t play well on both sides of the ball but Riverside had a lot to do with it. They moved around. They just blocked and tackled. We tackled very, very poorly. Give credit to their running backs on that. We just didn’t have guys in position to make the play,” said Monica.

Gibson rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown for Riverside, while Cheneau added 43 yards and two touchdowns. Cannon and Banks each had touchdown receptions, while Kash Foley topped the Rebels in receiving yards with 48 on five catches.

Nash was 6 of 12 passing for 56 yards and a touchdown while Norquez Jones paced the Comets in rushing with 40 yards on nine attempts.

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