The Southern Lab running back duo of Charvis Thornton and Tyrion Davis combined for more than 350 yards on the ground as the Kittens defeated Riverside Academy 36-13 on Friday night in Baton Rouge in the season opener for both teams.
“Those are two special players and they are running behind an offensive line you are not going to see every day in high school. Hats off to their coach to realize they had a big advantage just by being able to hand it off and use their size,” Rebels coach Kevin Dizer said.
The game was the debut of Dizer as a head coach after serving as an assistant on the Riverside staff under previous coaches Bill Stubbs and Chris Lachney.
“It’s certainly going to be one to remember. I hadn’t given it any thought. All I can say is I’m very observant and I’m going to take every situation and try to learn from it and hope to get better,” Dizer said.
The Rebels scored first when Kash Foley turned a pitch into a score of more than 60 yards.
Riverside’s advantage didn’t last long as the Rebels trailed 28-7 at halftime.
On a Southern Lab possession late in the first half, Thornton got the call on eight straight plays, capping the drive with a scoring run.
Riverside’s only other score in the game came on an interception return for a touchdown by David Reynaud.
It was Southern Lab’s first game after coming off of sanctions that included a postseason playoff ban a year ago.
“I thought they were a good team, but they truly have a collection of guys that are going to be special. It’s going to be hard enough to beat those guys. I don’t know if I did a good enough job of giving Southern Lab enough credit throughout the week,” Dizer said.