It may not have come with a pretty bow attached, but Riverside Academy picked up its first win of the season with a 26-6 triumph over visiting Sophie B. Wright on Friday night in Reserve.
“It wasn’t as pretty as I wanted it to be but at this point you have to take them how you can get them,” Riverside coach Kevin Dizer said. “I thought our kids played hard.
“It was the same situation with a two-score lead but this time we were able to hold them off and finish the game.”
Both teams entered the game 0-4 on the season.
After the Warriors used up half of the first quarter to score and take a 6-0 lead, Riverside answered with a 10-yard run by Ahmonte Watkins to tie the game.
Riverside took the lead for good thanks to a gambit by the Warriors that backfired for Wright. The Warriors attempted a fake punt near midfield but the punter’s pass attempt was intercepted by Riverside’s Connor Naquin and returned for a touchdown. A two-point conversion gave the Rebels a 14-6 lead that would hold up through halftime.
“They snapped it to the punter and tired to pass and we didn’t have a rush on at all so Connor was sitting there,” said Dizer.
Wright was driving to get back in the game but a Warriors fumble was recovered by Riverside’s Brayden Louque at the Rebels’ 4-yard line to end the threat.
Larvadain had a 90-yard touchdown run called back early in the fourth period but the quarterback later scored on a 16-yard run to put the game out of reach at 26-6.
“Offensively, we just wanted to pound the ball on these guys and we did a good job of that,” Dizer said.