Riverside captures double-OT win
Riverside High School hung on to defeat Apex in a bruising 37-31 double overtime nonconference football game at Apex High school on Friday night.
The undisputed hero of this heavyweight battle was Joel Evans who rushed for 207 yards on 23 carries. He also scored three touchdowns, including the decisive touchdown in the second overtime.
"It feels great," Evans said of the victory. "I've got to give credit to my o-line. Our team just came together when it mattered."
The game was deadlocked all the way through.
In the first half, the Riverside defense provided a little fire for the team. Both of the Pirates' first-half scores followed costly a Apex turnovers.
Erick Hunt recovered a fumble to prevent an Apex drive which gave the Pirates the ball back on their own 22-yard line. The subsequent Riverside drive resulted in a 21-yard field goal by Torren Wynn to tie the game at 3-all.
Joseph Umeana recovered a fumble to give the Pirates the ball on Apex's 13 yard line. Diante Strothers found Deion Yarboro in the back right side of the end zone to tie the game at 10-all at halftime.
Ultimately, the drama would continue well into overtime.
After the Pirates failed to convert an extra-point kick on their touchdown in the second overtime, they hung onto win after stopping Apex just yards short of the endzone on the final play of the game.
"This win is huge," said Riverside coach David Hackney. "We have a team that is still learning, but tonight we took a big step towards learning how to win."
Riverside 37, Apex 31
Riverside|0|10|0|14|7|6 -- 37
Apex|3|7|0|14|7|0 -- 31
Apex -- Ben Foote 26 FG, 6:06
Riverside -- Micah Goodwin 21 FG, 6:38
Apex -- Rondell James 1 run (Foote kick), 5:45
Riverside -- Deon Yarborough 13 pass from Diante Strothers (Goodwin kick), 0:12
Apex -- James 3 rush (Foote kick), 8:53
Riverside -- Joel Evans 21 run (Goodwin kick), 7:37
Apex -- James 69 rush (Foote kick), 5:53
Riverside -- Evans 17 rush (Goodwin kick), 5:53
Apex -- James 2 run (Foote kick)
Riverside -- Strothers run (Goodwin kick)
Riverside -- Evans 2 run (kick blocked)
Riverside -- Evans 23-207, Cameron Roane 3-51, Strothers 2-23, Darryl Smith 2-21.
Apex -- James 20-259, Ian Boyd 12-123, Isaiah Totten 6-35
Riverside -- Strothers 1-7-1-13.
Apex -- Grayson Boyd 6-8-0 30, Ian Boyd 1-1-0 45.
Riverside -- Yarborough 1-13..
Apex-- Kenny Morgan 1-49, Ian Boyd 2-13.
Records: Riverside is 3-2, Apex is 1-3.