About the only thing Gage Larvadain didn’t do in Riverside Academy’s 61-57 win over Catholic of Pointe Coupee a year ago, was score on a touchdown reception.
He rectified that slight early against Sophie B. Wright on Friday might, scoring Riverside’s first two touchdowns on pass receptions.
“He had a good night. He is a definition of the tag they use of ‘athlete.’ He plays a little bit of everything and (against Wright), we needed him to make plays at receiver,” Riverside coach Kevin Dizer said.
Larvadain produced 367 yards of total offense. He rushed for 212 yards on 18 attempts, had four catches for 130 yards, and was 5 of 9 passing for 25 yards. He also had an interception and six tackles while playing defense.
Like the game with Catholic of Pointe Coupee, Riverside needed all Larvadain’s touchdowns in a 48-40 win over Wright in Reserve. Riverside saw a lead of 41-12 shrink to 44-41 in holding on for the win.
The win improved Riverside to 3-0 on the season, equaling the Rebels’ win total for all of 2019. The Warriors dropped to 0-3 on the season.
“It’s good going to 3-0. I don’t think we played particularly well. We did at certain times, but we didn’t play well for four quarters. I guess it’s a good sign we found a way to win an ugly game, whereas in the past in a similar scenario, we would have laid down and lost.”
Larvadain’s first score came on a 60-yard touchdown reception with Luke Hymel playing quarterback to give the Rebels a quick 8-0 lead.
Wright quarterback Trevontay Alford countered with a 2-yard run to make it 8-6.
Riverside extended its lead on a 7-yard touchdown run by Elijah Davis to make it 14-6. It was the first of three touchdown runs in the game by Davis.
“He kind of carried us home. He ran the ball extremely tough. We probably should have gotten it to him a little bit more,” Dizer said of Davis.
Hymel and Larvadain connected on another touchdown toss as the Rebels pushed their lead to 21-6.
Jon McCall, Wright’s version of a do-it-all Larvadain-type player, kept it close when his 3-yard touchdown run pulled the Warriors to within 21-12.
Davis and Larvadain allowed the Rebels to stretch the advantage.
Davis’ second rushing touchdown of the night, this one from 12 yards out, gave Riverside a 28-12 edge.
Larvadain’s next touchdown came with him throwing the ball, connecting with Andre Murphy on a 25-yard strike for a 35-12 Rebels lead.
Larvadain’s 72-yard touchdown run pushed the Riverside lead to 41-12.
The Warriors rallied to within one point at 41-40 on a touchdown run by Brandon Freeman and a two-point conversion.
Davis, who rushed for 107 yards on 14 carries, got his third touchdown of the night to make the final 48-40.
“There were a lot of discipline mistakes. There were selfish decisions by certain kids. There were a lot of immature choices. We’re a team that’s not used to winning, so we still have to learn how to win. We almost blew a great opportunity after playing well and getting a big lead and we almost gave it away,” Dizer said of the Rebels allowing Wright to get back in the game.