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Yellowjackets can’t keep pace with Riverside’s fast start

Yellowjackets can’t keep pace with Riverside’s fast start

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 12:03 pm

Riverside’s first win of the season outside its own district kept Greenfield winless overall.
The Panthers scored the first three touchdowns of the game and never looked back in a 42-14 win over the Yellowjackets in Friday night action.
While Greenfield falls to 0-9 on the season, Riverside improves to 3-6 on the year. The Panthers have already secured a playoff berth, however, based on a 2-1 record in District 15A that is good for second place and an automatic spot in the Class 1A bracket.
The ’Jackets have just one more shot at avoiding a winless season, traveling to Trenton this Friday. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
Riverside took control late in the first quarter, scoring twice within 70 seconds on short runs.
Jordan Goff had a three-yard TD burst at 3:10, and then Aaron Keen followed with a two-yard run with two minutes to play.
The Panthers were back on the scoreboard at 3:04 of the second period on another short run as Marquis Phelps got in from two yards out.
Greenfield got on the board before the half ended as Tanner Smithson reeled in a 14-yard TD pass from Josh Johnson at 1:15. Zach Grebe added the extra point to pull the Yellowjackets within 21-7.
Short-distance scoring seemed to be the trend for Riverside as the Panthers added three more in the second half, including two in the third period to expand their lead to 35-7.
Nat Parham had a three-yard run at 7:01 of the third and then Keen got in again, this time from a yard out, at 1:04. Parham finished with 122 yards rushing on 14 carries
Greenfield’s second score came at 11:44 of the fourth period as Miles Cavitt hit Johnson with a 68-yard scoring pass. Grebe again added the point-after kick to make it 35-14.
Beau Dickson finished the scoring for Riverside on a one-yard run with 8:57 to play.
Riverside’s running game churned up 241 yards on 46 carries, while Greenfield managed 145 yards on 34 carries. Cavitt had a solid night throwing the ball for the ’Jackets, completing 6-of-14 for 111 yards.
In Trenton this week, the Yellowjackets will face a team that has had to rely on its defense all season as the offense has struggled to put up points.
Published in The WCP 10.25.11

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