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Riverside plays Eastside in home opener at Wade Hampton

By Garrett Mitchell, Staff Reporter
Published on Friday, August 28, 2015

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Riverside's kicking game is in good hands and feet with Antoine Kahaleh (47) and punter Jordan Paden.
 

Julie McCombs

Riverside's kicking game is in good hands and feet with Antoine Kahaleh (47) and punter Jordan Paden.

 

• Riverside players, bios here

Riverside travels to Wade Hampton High School to play its first game and home opener against the Eastside Eagles.

Greenville County, on Thursday, told Riverside its field was unplayable and its game would be played at Wade Hampton. The grass hasn’t grown in and change in schedule is only for one game.

The Warriors look to rekindle last year's success as they take on the Eastside, a team looking to improve upon its 2-9 record from a season ago under new coach Steve Wilson.

Riverside claimed a 31-7 victory last year.

"The game Friday should be a great match-up for both teams," Riverside Head Coach Phil Smith, said. "This is a rivalry game and our boys are excited about the opportunity."

Eastside brings a group of experienced players. The Eagles will be led by a new quarterback, junior Garrett Willis. Returning running back Chance Pride provides a potent weapon out of the backfield that the Warriors' defense will have to defend.

"Eastside is much improved and they have a lot of weapons on offense," Smith said. "They are balanced as far as run and pass and they do a good job protecting the quarterback."

Defensively, Eastside has talent as well. Linebacker Jovani Lawton and defensive end Joseph Hamilton have disruptive abilities.

Perhaps the biggest weapon for Riverside is its special teams. Kicker Antoine Kahaleh can neutralize Pride and the Eagles' return game with his touchback capabilities on kickoffs.

Riverside will turn to a host of new faces on offense and defense. Wide receiver Jeremiah Bogan and tight end Corey Bridges are big time weapons. One of the new faces, 6-foot-4 freshman wide receiver Braxton Collins provides a big target for quarterback Aaron Odom.

The Warriors' offensive line, led by the senior trio of Stephan Garber, Cris Burdette, and Dylan Taylor should give Odom time to locate his go-to targets.

"We need to keep our offense on the field and control the pace of the game,” Smith said.

 Want to go?

Who: Riverside vs. Eastside

Where: At Wade Hampton High School.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Admission: $6

Eastside roster:

4

Jair Dawson

WR

 

6-1

174

5

Jermarcus Baker

OLB, WR

 

5-10

161

8

Luke Ownbey

QB

 

5-9

155

9

Garrett Willis

QB

 

5-11

185

10

Jovani Lawton

RB, MLB

 

6-0

200

11

Justin Baustert

WR

 

5-4

125

12

Eric Coggin

CB

 

6-1

175

14

Drake Dirks

WR

 

5-10

136

16

Sebastian Strandkvist

WR

 

 

 

21

Bailey Landreth

WR, FS

 

5-6

125

21

Haven Berry

WR

 

6-1

146

22

Chance Pride

RB

 

5-7

150

24

Alex Brown

MLB

 

 

 

30

Sam Blumer

 

 

6-0

 

32

Ali Damas

CB, WR

 

5-10

160

34

Joseph Hamilton

DE

 

6-2

210

43

Tyler Brown

OLB, LS

 

6-0

195

44

Deshawn Sullivan

MLB

 

5-6

195

45

Dixon Douglas

FB, OLB

 

5-11

160

46

Andrew Shaw

OLB, WR

 

5-10

160

47

Charlie Tompkins

WR

 

6-0

158

53

Rashad Burns

G

 

6-0

195

55

Joseph Fernandez

MLB, LS

 

5-9

185

59

Griffin Rohm

OT, DE

 

6-0

188

61

Isaiah Harris

, DE

 

6-3

200

63

 M.J. Valverde

NG, G

 

5-5

151

68

Ben Suggs

T

 

6-2

250

72

Dylan Blair

G, DE

 

5-10

179

72

Will Posey

T

 

6-4

283

75

Zach Dixon

G, T

 

5-9

155

77

Patrick Kress

DE

 

6-4

185

80

Clay Gregory

WR

 

5-8

145

 

 

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