Orange blanks Riverside, 38-0
Orange High School’s impressive run through the PAC-6 4A Conference claimed another victim Friday night.
The Panthers took advantage of six Riverside turnovers and burned the Pirates with three long touchdown passes in a 38-0 nonconference win at Linny Wrenn Stadium.
Having already defeated PAC-6 schools Roxboro Person 40-7 and Northern 42-15, Orange (3-0) has proven quite ready for the competition that awaits them in the Big Eight 3A Conference.
“So far, so good,” Orange coach Pat Moser said.
The Panthers defense has been better than good. Orange’s first-team defense has yet to allow a touchdown in three games this year. While Riverside did gain 147 rushing yards Friday night, the Panthers made up for it by recovering three fumbles and intercepting three passes.
“Our kids are extremely talented,” Moser said. “We have a great defense. Our first-team defense is pitching a shutout after three games against 4A opponents. I couldn’t be happier for them. They are talented. They are fast. They hit hard. And they are extremely smart.”
The Panthers have playmakers on offense, too. Junior running back Tay Jones ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns on his eight carries. Senior back Patrick Pettiford had 107 receiving yards, most on an 85-yard touchdown pass from Garrett Cloer.
Orange set about converting Riverside mistakes into points
Riverside turned the ball over via fumbles on its first two possessions and Orange converted both into touchdowns.
“Turnovers, that’s been plaguing us for the past three games,” Riverside coach David Hackney said. “Driving the ball. Turning the ball over. That’s a pretty good football team. If you turn the ball over against a good football team, they make you pay.”
On the first play after Pirates senior running back Joel Evans fumbled at his own 47, Cloer tossed a 47-yard touchdown pass to Ky Muller putting the Panthers in front 7-0.
Riverside (1-2) moved the ball well on its next possession, picking up three first downs to
reach the Orange 31.
But James Vample scampered up the middle and lost the ball on a fumble at the Orange 25.
The Panthers drove the other way. Jones’ 28-yard run moved Orange into Riverside territory. Jones eventually scored on a five-yard run up the middle with 10:36 left in the second quarter giving Orange a 14-0 lead.
Riverside quarterback Diante Strothers’ pass was intercepted by Orange’s J.D. Brooks at the Panthers 4 with 52 seconds left until halftime.
Not content to run out the clock, Orange ran for a first down before Cloer found Pettiford behind the defense on an 85-yard touchdown pass with 32 seconds left giving Orange a 21-0 halftime lead.
Orange struck for another big play to start the second half when Jones busted loose on a 55-yard touchdown run for a 28-0 Panthers lead.
Orange 38, Riverside 0
Orange|7 |14|10 |7 — 38
Riverside |0|0 |0 |0 — 0
O – Ky Muller 47 pass from Garrett Cloer (Brad Barbee kick), 9:11
O – Tay Jones 5 run (Barbee kick), 10:36
O – Patrick Pettiford 85 pass from Cloer (Barbee kick), 0:32
O – Jones 55 run (Barbee kick), 8:35
O – Barbee 33 FG, 4:36
O – Bryse Wilson 53 pass from Josh Kiehle (Barbee kick), 3:23
PASSING — Orange, Garrett Cloer 6-13-0 168, Josh Kiehle 2-2-0 56. Riverside, Diante Strothers 4-12-3 57.
RUSHING — Orange, Tay Jones 8-108, Patrick Pettiford 8-57, Drew Lemaster 4-21, Artrell Stewart 3-7, Mark Holt 2-6, Bryse Wilson 1-5, Michael Bolden 1-0, Cloer 4-(minus-9). Riverside, Joel Evans 22-82, Diante Strothers 11-51, James Vample 5-12, Jonathan Rhew 4-2.
RECEIVING — Orange, Pettiford 3-107, Ky Muller 1-47, Jeffrey Campbell 1-10, Riverside, Deon Yarborough 2-42, Vample 1-11, Stephan Jacobs 1-4.
Records — Orange 3-0, 0-0 in Big Eight 3A, Riverside 1-2, 0-0 PAC-6 4-A.