By Tate Roussel
Riverside Rebels vs South Plaquemines Hurricanes
Behind a defense that forced 5 turnovers off of South Plaquemines, the Rebels came away with their first victory of the season and the first for Riverside Head Coach Kevin Dizer’s career.
“Don’t worry about me,” said Dizer on his first win as a head coach, “It’s all about these kids.”
“They continue to believe in me and this program,” Dizer added.
The most crucial of all of these turnovers generated by the Rebels (1-4 overall, 1-0 in district play) came in the closing seconds of the first half. Leading 21-6, the Hurricanes were looking to close the deficit before the break as they were threatening at the Rebel 23-yard line with under a minute remaining in the second.
The Rebels were looking for a big play, and Kash Foley provided one as he intercepted Taighan Jones’ pass and returned it 80-yards for a defensive touchdown. This put the Rebels on top of a 28-6 lead at the break.
“I knew we would have a lot of opportunities to get takeaways. I just didn’t know exactly which way they would come,” said Head Coach Dizer.
The Hurricanes (1-5 overall, 0-1 in district) struck first in the contest when they drove the ball 58 yards in nine plays and took an early 6-0 lead with Issac Williams’ 4-yard rush. A missed extra point provided a 6-0 Hurricane lead, but would be the only one they saw all night.
Riverside responded on the next drive, needing only three plays to do so. The score came when sophomore quarter back Gage Larvadain connected with Foley for a 27-yard score. A successful extra point gave the Rebels a 7-6 lead with 4:05 to play in the first.
Larvadain would total 136 passing yards in this performance.
The Rebels would build on this lead with a 21-point the second quarter.
The first was set up by running back Louis Cheneau who broke off a 58-yard rush on the first play of the drive that put them into Hurricane territory. Four plays later it was Cheneau who punched it in for a 2-yard score and a 14-6 Rebel lead.
Cheneau’s performance saw three touchdowns and over 70 yards rushing.
His second touchdown came on the next possession, set up by a mistake from the Hurricane punting unit. Punting from their own 25-yard line, the Hurricanes fumbled the snap and it was recovered by the Rebels at the 10-yard line.
Two plays later, it was Cheneau who took advantage of this turnover and scored on a two-yard strike with 33 seconds remaining for a 21-6 lead.
It was just the second play of the following possession when Fully returned his huge 80-yard interception, allowing the Rebels to go into half with a 28-6 led.
Another turnover allowed for the first score of the third, but this time it was Riverside who lost the ball.
The Hurricanes defense came away with the takeaway on the first Rebel drive of the second half, granting the offense a chance to start the dive at the Riverside 32.
The Hurricanes needed just one play to take advantage of this Rebel misstep and closed the deficit to 28-14 with 9:27 to play in the third with Micah Ancar’s rushing score.
The Rebels generated 3 takeaways in the fourth as they started to extend the lead even further.
The first by Ahmonte Watkins who picked off the Hurricanes and retuned the ball to the South Plaquemines 40-yard line. Five plays later it was Cheneau with the 20-yard score. The Rebels led 35-14 with 7:52 remaining.
Two plays later, the Rebel defense returned another interception for a touchdown, their second of the the night. This time it was linebacker Chamar Jackson who went 30 yards for the score, extending the Riverside lead to 40-14.
The third when Andre Murphy came away with the interception at the Riverside 15 yard-line. Rebel victory was sealed when Jaylen Watkins broke off an 85-yard rushing score with under a minute remaining in the game, finalizing a 47-14 victory.
Riverside Academy will look to continue moving up in the win column next week as they face a tough Newman team.