Riverside rocks East Chapel Hill to share PAC-6 lead
Riverside won its fourth straight game, a resounding 42-10 blowout win over PAC-6 4-A foe East Chapel Hill.
The win for the Pirates (5-2, 1-0 PAC-6) sets up a date with preseason favorite Hillside (4-2, 1-0 PAC-6) Friday night.
“They deserve all the credit for what they’ve done, and we have to go in prepared,” coach David Hackney said. “No doubt, it is our biggest and toughest game of the season.”
Riverside senior running back Joel Evans was held to “just” 148 yards — he had 419 on 12 carries with six TDS in his preview outing — but the Pirate defense did the job.
Riverside held East to 39 rushing yards in the first half and 118 for the game. The unit also intercepted quarterback Connor Stough and recovered an East fumble.
But East coach John Sherman is just glad to have a team on the field. The Wildcats have lost 22 players to injury to date.
Senior running back Ty Woodard was carried off the field with 6:29 left in the first half, but returned in the second half to give the Wildcats a spark.
“It meant a lot to have him return. He did all he could,” Sherman said. “We want to compete and we expect to, but it’s tough right now.”
The Wildcats scored their only points of the first half on their first possession of the game. Stough led them 62 yards before the drive stalled at the Pirate 8. Kicker Ellis Llewellyn then nailed a 30-yard field goal.
But Riverside needed just one play to take a lead it would not relinquish. Running back Jonathan Rhew took the pitchout from the 20 and rambled 80 yards for the score.
The Pirates increased their lead 14-3 on Dianté Strothers’ 1-yard plunge with 9:31 left and ended the first half scoring with Evans’ beautiful 20-yard dodge and scamper up the middle to make it 21-3.
Evans scored his second touchdown of the game at the start of the third quarter to make it 28-3 before Stough found Woodard for a 67-yard touchdown with 9:05 left in the third.
Again, the Pirates struck back. Senior defensive back Cameron Roane skyrocketed 57 yards down the right sideline to put his team up 35-10. Wide receiver Deon Yarborough returned a punt on Riverside’s next position 60 yards for the final score.
RIVERSIDE 42, ECH 10
Riverside 7 14 21 0 — 42
East Chapel Hill 3 0 7 0 — 10
ECH — Ellis Llewellyn FG 30, 8:01
R — Jonathan Rhew 80 run (Micah Goodwin kick), 7:46
R — Diante Strothers 1 run (Goodwin kick), 9:31
R — Joel Evans 20 run (Goodwin kick), 6:50
R — Evans 21 run (Goodwin kick), 11:05
ECH — Ty Woodard pass from Connor Stough (Llewellyn kick), 9:05
R — Cameron Roane 57 run (Goodwin kick), 6:58
R — Deon Yarborough 60 punt return (Goodwin kick), 4:48
RUSHING —ECH, Colby Owens 8-38, Ty Woodard 5-35, Chris Fowler 3-11, Jeremy Hubbard 2-(minus-7). Riverside, Joel Evans 14-148, Jonathan Rhew 3-112, Cameron Roane 1-57, Darius Kitrell 2-11.
PASSING — ECH, Connor Stough 16-29-1 171. Riverside, Diante Strothers 4-6-0 56.
RECEIVING — ECH, Ty Woodard 2-87, John Graham 4-9-62, Colby Owens 4-18. Riverside, Deon Yarborough 1-29, Darryl Smith 1-14, Torren Wynn 1-10.
Records — Riverside 5-2, 1-0 PAC-6 4-A; East Chapel Hill 1-6, 0-1 PAC-6.