HS FOOTBALL: Riverside Downs Hanover Area
HANOVER TWP — Riverside was looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat against the Lakeland Chiefs. That goal was accomplished, as the Vikings defeated Hanover Area, 42-0, Friday evening at Gayewski Memorial Stadium.
The Viking offense was lead by quarterback Johnny Glichrist, who threw for 249 yards and four touchdowns.
“The majority of plays that we run are run-pass option. Fortunately, tonight, our quarterback was able to make the right decisions,” Viking coach Harry Armstrong said. “We were able to make plays on the perimeter tonight.”
On their first possession of the game, the Vikings managed to march 55 yards in eight plays. Rajon Reyes’ 23-yard reception kept the drive alive for Riverside. Following a 13-yard screen pass to Kristian Pon, Gilchrist hit Reyes with a 5-yard scoring strike to put the Vikings on the board.
After Riverside forced the Hawkeyes to punt, the Vikings needed 11 plays to march 82 yards. Pon capped the drive scooting 26 yards for the touchdown to increase the Viking lead to 14-0 late in the first quarter.
Gilchrist later hit Diego Rojas for a 37-yard touchdown pass to extend the Riverside lead.
Following another Hawkeye punt, the Vikings needed 12 plays to cover 58 yards. Gilchrist and Alex Jaworski hooked up on an 8-yard screen pass for the Riverside touchdown that extended the Viking lead to 28-0.
“Collectively, we played well on defense tonight, it was our best effort of the year on that side of the ball,” Armstrong said.
As the first half wound down, Hanover Area’s Bobby Sabecky and Riverside’s Maverick Meredick traded interceptions.
Late in the third quarter, Riverside tight end Ethan Burnside hauled in a 32-yard touchdown reception.
Meredick’s second interception thwarted a Hanover Area drive. Six plays later, Antwon Bethune’s 26-yard scoring run capped the scoring for the night for Riverside.
“I am disappointed that we did not show up and play tonight. We took a step back in all phases of the game,” Hawkeye coach Mike McCree said.
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