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HS FOOTALL: Riverside Gets Back On Track

September 30, 2018

DUNMORE — It was back to the drawing board for Riverside after a big loss to Dunmore in Week 5 and the Vikings painted a masterpiece Saturday.

Riverside started fast with six touchdowns in the first half to roll to a 49-0 win over Holy Cross in a Lackawanna Football Conference crossover at Monsignor Crotti Field.

“We were on the other side of that coin last week and we had a very tough week of practice trying to be more physical, trying to establish a better start to the football game because that’s something we haven’t done well is start well in games,” Riverside coach Harry Armstrong said. “So we were trying to take some different approaches with how we practice and how we do our pregame and I think that helped pay some dividends today because we got off to a really fast start.”

Starts do not come much faster. Kristian Pon had a 21-yard run on the Vikings’ first play from scrimmage and on the second play, John Gilchrist hit Razen Reyes for a 34-yard touchdown pass to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead.

Holy Cross (2-4) stopped Riverside on fourth down on its next possession, but the Vikings defense forced a punt and they took over at their 44. Eight plays later, Gilchrist hit Ethan Burnside on a slant pass over the middle for a 7-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

Riverside (4-2) then recovered a pooch kick and took over at the Crusaders’ 40. After Alex Jaworski had a 10-yard run on first down, Gilchrist hit Reyes again on a 30-yard touchdown pass to give the Vikings a 21-0 lead with 54 seconds left in the first quarter.

After forcing another punt, Gilchrist hit Reyes for an 11-yard gain and Pon had a 14-yard run to set up Gilchrist’s fourth touchdown pass of the first half, an 18-yard connection to Burnside to push the lead to 28-0.

“We have athletic guys, fast guys,” Gilchrist said. “We have such a versatile group and to be able to expose defenses with the athletes we have is so much fun. Every day you’re excited to practice and go play. I like throwing the ball obviously and they make it fun and they make it easy, too.”

Gilchrist finished with 180 yards passing and Jaworski and Pon combined for 151 yards rushing

on 15 carries with two

touchdowns.

“One of our main missions from the get-go is to try to create balance within the run and pass and not just within that but have multiple players being able to attack from different points on the field,” Armstrong said. “I think our offensive line did a good job giving us the time to throw the ball and create some running lanes for us and our quarterback did a nice job making good decisions and putting the ball in some accurate places.”

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hsmith@timesshamrock.com

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