Riverside gives Byrnes a fright in first half before falling

Published on Saturday, October 11, 2014

Betcha Riverside created a stir on No. 2-ranked Byrnes’ sidelines Friday night.

Riverside quarterback Ryan Cerino scored on a 1-yard run with 8:51 left in the second quarter for a touchdown and a 7-6 lead over heavily favored Byrnes at Nixon Field.

In fact, the Warriors defense forced Byrnes to punt on its first two possession before the Rebels mustered a touchdown on a Mason Streater to Chavis Dawkins 39-yard pass play with 4:57 left in the first quarter.

This was the same Riverside team that beat Boiling Springs one week earlier in overtime that gave the Warriors their first Region II-4A victory since elevated to the higher classification.

Byrnes came back for a 49-14 win giving the Rebels a 6-1 overall record and 3-0 in the region. Riverside is 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the region.

An 81-yard return on a kickoff and 2-point conversion put Byrnes in the lead for good, 14-7. Another score upped Byrnes lead to 21-7 at halftime.

Cerino scored again in the fourth quarter to account for Riverside’s second TD.

Dondre Thompson, a freshman, gave Byrnes’ defense fits gaining 148-yards rushing.

The Rebels scored three times in the third quarter to take control of the game.

Riverside travels to Mauldin next Friday night and Byrnes is at J.L. Mann.






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