Evans' two scores not enough in Riverside loss
Joel Evans carried the Riverside High School football team all season.
But despite the 2,000-plus-yard rusher’s two fourth-quarter touchdowns, it was just too little, too late as the Pirates fell 20-17 to Hope Mills South View in their first round division 4-AA playoff game at Linny Wrenn Stadium on Friday.
“We were fighters all the way to the end,” said Riverside coach David Hackney of his team’s attempt to come back from a 17-point deficit. “I told them (the Pirates) that if they work hard each week we’ll always have a chance.”
South View (9-3) didn’t leave any tricks at home. On the Tigers’ second drive, they appeared to run a reverse play for Troy Cain, the team’s backup quarterback who was lined up at wide receiver. Cain then squared up and found Kaely Churchill for a 57-yard reception to advance to Tigers to the Riverside 4-yard line.
Jeremy Cox then rushed for a 4-yard touchdown on the next play.
The Tigers took a 13-0 lead with C.D. Duperval’s 18-yard touchdown rush on their next drive.
Riverside’s offense struggled in the first half. The Pirates’ offensive production was so anemic that they rushed for only 40 yards, including only six yards from Evans. Each of Riverside’s four first-half possessions ended in a punt.
The Pirates appeared stifled by a much bigger and faster team.
“We expected them to be very physical because that’s their style of play,” Hackney said. “Their physicality really got to our offense.
“Speed and physical play – they’re a good team.”
Riverside (8-4) finally managed to get some offense going in the second half. After starting on their own 39-yard line, Diante Strothers found Darryl Smith for a 51-yard completion to put the Pirates inside the South View 10-yard line.
However, three consecutive plays went nowhere, and the Pirates settled for Micah Goodwin’s 20-yard field goal.
South View seemingly closed the door on the game with Cox’s second touchdown early in the fourth quarter, giving the Tigers a 20-3 lead.
But Evans’ season was not over yet. The senior back took a second-down handoff 61-yards for a touchdown to give the Pirates life.
On the subsequent kickoff, Patrick Volk recovered a fumble to give the Pirates possession on the Tigers’ 24-yard line.
A few plays later, Evans scored again. This time he seemed to drag half the South View defense on his back as he scored on a 14-yard run to make it a 3-point game.
After South View turned the ball over on downs, the Pirates were on the march again. Strothers connected with Deon Yarborough on a fade pass to advance the ball to the South View 34-yard line.
A couple of plays later, the Strothers looked for Yarborough on the same fade pass in the end zone. This time he was double covered, and the pass was thrown short for an interception into the hands of David McNair.
S. VIEW 20, RIVERSIDE 17
South View 13 0 0 7 — 20
Riverside 0 0 3 14 — 17
SV — Jeremy Cox 4 run (Bruce Clark), 5:49
SV —CD Duperval 18 run (kick failed), 0:29
R — FG Micah Goodwin 20, 5:46
SV — Cox 18 run (Clark), 8:29
R — Joel Evans 61 run (Goodwin kick), 7:28
R — Evans 14 run (Goodwin kick), 5:37
RUSHING — South View, Jeremy Cox 26-181, Trey McArn 5-90, C.D. Duperval 5-58, Xavier Robinson 6-13. Riverside, Evans 19-103, Jonathan Rhew 7-28.
PASSING — South View, Robinson 1-7-3 5, Troy Cain 1-1-0 57. Riverside, Diante Strothers 7-16-1 127.
RECEIVING — South View, Kaely Churchill 1-57, Cox 1-5. Riverside, Darryl Smith 2-64, Deon Yarborough 2-40, Chris Abraham 2-18, Rhew 1-8, Cameron Roane 1-3.
Records — South View 9-3, Riverside 8-4.