Coming off an emotional 35-31 loss to Country Day after letting a 31-14 lead slip away, the Newman Greenies may or may not have had something to prove in last week’s game at Riverside Academy.
Regardless of motivation, it all added up to a 41-41 District 9-2A loss for the Rebels.
“I don’t know if Newman’s previous game had anything to do what. We don’t worry about the other team’s mindset,” Riverside coach Kevin Dizer said. “For us, we were just looking to get a win to make a run at the district championship. I thought the game plan was there on both sides of the football, we just didn’t execute well enough to stay in it and ultimately get a win.”
The Greenies, Dizer said, didn’t do anything that the Rebels didn’t expect.
“I think Newman did exactly what we thought they would do on both sides of the football,” the Riverside coach said. “Defensively, I felt very, very good about our game plan being able to slow down their passing attack. We just didn’t really execute the game plan.”
Martin Butcher wasn’t slowed down as the Newman quarterback tossed four touchdown passes.
Still, the Rebels had their chances.
With the game tied 7-7, Newman scored on a 1-yard run by Liam Rowan to take a one-touchdown lead. The Greenies were successful on an onside kick, getting the ball right back and ultimately scoring on a touchdown toss from Butcher to Jamone Sutherland to quickly stretch the lead to 21-7 late in the second quarter as the Newman began to pull away.
Riverside (1-5 overall, 1-1 in district) faces a different type of opponent on Friday when the Rebels travel to Lafitte to take on winless Fisher (0-7 overall, 0-1 in district) in another district contest.
“The approach we have to take this week is we just have to worry about ourselves and get better as a team. Certainly, we are in no position to take anybody lightly. At the end of the day, we are 1-5. Any way we can get a win, we will get a win,” Dizer said.
The struggling Gators, coming off a 41-0 loss to Country Day, have been outscored 304-26 this season. Fisher went 2-8 last year and in the previous four years going into the 2018 season, the Gators sport a record of 11-32-1.
Fisher’s most productive outing in 2018 was a 28-14 Week 2 loss to St. Martin’s Episcopal.
In the St. Martin’s game, the Gators’ top player, running back Nick Terrebonne, rushed for 148 yards.
Guiding the Gator’s spread offense is quarterback Jacob Maise.
Other top offensive players on offense for Fisher include receivers Austin Phillips and Brandon Basse. Terrebonne also is the team’s top receiver coming out of the backfield.
Fisher’s top defender is defensive end Brennan Allo.
The focus for Riverside, Dizer said, has to be more on the Rebels than the Gators
“We will just use this week to get better as a team and clean up some of the mistakes we made, especially last Friday,” the Riverside coach said. “Mostly, we just have to take care of Riverside this week.
“We are 1-5 and have three games left. We are not going to give up. We will try to get better and see if we can make a run at the end of the year.”