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Riverside football begins preparations for new classification

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Friday, July 29, 2016

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Players practice securing the football.
 

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Players practice securing the football.

 



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Running the bags (practice dummies).
 

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Running the bags (practice dummies).

 



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The cone drill.
 

The cone drill.

 



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Techniques for linemen.
 

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Techniques for linemen.

 



Riverside enjoys its first season out of the premier region in the state, Region II-4A, but still faces formidable competition in a new class 5A Region II-AAAAA.  Greenwood, Mauldin, Wade Hampton and Laurens offer competition that will be challenging.

Warriors Head Coach Phil Smith said he wasn’t particularly in a happy mood on the first day of practice Friday morning.

Players arrived by car to its practice field – Riverside Middle School.

The South Carolina High School League mandated two days of only helmets and two days of shells, helmets and shoulder pads are assigned to acclimate the players to the summer heat.

“The biggest thing is obviously the heat wrapped around heat prevention and heat related injuries,” Smith said. “We’re all Heads Up certified and that benefits coaches and players.”

Heads up certification is an online test that awards a certificate of completion.

The Warriors went through conditioning and technique drills Friday by position coaches. 

Riverside was 0-11 last season and opens its season in three weeks.

Riverside schedule

All games at 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 19 vs. Travelers Rest

Aug. 26 at Eastside 

Sept. 2 at Blue Ridge

Sept. 9 Open

Sept. 16 vs. Christ Church Episcopal

Sept. 23 vs. J.L. Mann

Sept. 30 at Mauldin

Oct. 7 vs. Hillcrest

Oct. 13 vs. Laurens

Oct. 21 at Greenwood

Oct. 28 at Wade Hampton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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