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Riverside's season ends with playoff loss

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Saturday, November 15, 2014

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Jared Laymon (32) and Darius Smith (25) bring down a Spartanburg runner.
 

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Jared Laymon (32) and Darius Smith (25) bring down a Spartanburg runner.

 



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A group of Warriors meet at the ballcarrier.
 

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A group of Warriors meet at the ballcarrier.

 



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Antonio McGowan makes a picture-perfect catch of a Ryan Cerino pass.
 

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Antonio McGowan makes a picture-perfect catch of a Ryan Cerino pass.

 



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Riverside's defense stood tall stopping the Vikings on this play.
 

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Riverside's defense stood tall stopping the Vikings on this play.

 



Riverside High School’s storied 2014 season ended at 10:41 p.m. Friday at a frigid Gibbs Stadium at Wofford College.

Spartanburg eliminated the Riverside Warriors from the Class 4A Division II state playoffs with a 31-7 victory. It was the second time the teams met this season, with virtually the same margin. Spartanburg won the regular season game 40-17.

“I knew we had to play perfect to play a good Spartanburg team,” said Riverside Head Coach Phil Smith. “We didn’t play perfect.”

Both teams were far from perfect but Riverside can take solace that this year’s Warriors team found its way into its first class 4A football playoff and finished its season with a 5-7 record and earning its first Region II victories. Riverside was 0-11 in 2013 and the win total this season equals what the Warriors had in the four previous seasons.

The Warriors spent the early part of the week regrouping after attending a funeral on Monday for a popular classmate who died last week.

Riverside appeared set on stopping running back Tavien Feaster, which it did somewhat to 103 yards rushing on 18 carries.

But Spartanburg quarterback Austin Scott found the quickest passage into the end zone through the air with three first-half scoring strikes – Xavier Young (22 yards), Feaster (47) and Cody Lapole (44). Tiger Jeter’s 6-yard run scoring run in the third quarter was all the touchdowns Spartanburg would get.

Ryan Cerino connected with Will Urich, his favorite receiver all season, for an 18-yard scoring strike to cut the lead to 14-7 with 9:51 left in the half. Jeter’s run and Lapole’s TD was scored within 1:20 of each other for the halftime lead.

Landon Kunak’s FG was the only points in the second half.

Running back Austin Brouwer did not play because of an injury suffered last week. Dondre Thompson gained 89 yards on 18 carries as a replacement.

Riverside’s defense lost defensive back Mark James when he went down with an injury and he did not play in the second half. The Warriors intercepted Scott twice in the second half and held Spartanburg to 80 yards.

“Mark James is the backbone of our defensive backs,” Smith said. “It hurt losing him.”

“We still fought hard,” said Emanuel Jackson. “It definitely hurt us losing him.”

“That’s one thing I heard from other coaches, that our players play to the end of the game and it showed character,” said Smith.

‘I’m proud of our guys but hate it for our seniors,” Smith said. “They gave me everything I asked of them.” 

Scoring summary

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Total

Riverside

0

7

0

0

7

Spartanburg

14

14

3

0

31

FIRST QUARTER

8:26. Spartanburg: Tavier Young 22 pass from Austin Scott. (Landon Kunak kick). 7-0

:54: Spartanburg: Tavien Fester 47 pass from Scott. (Kunak kick). 14-0.

SECOND QUARTER

9:52. Riverside: Will Urich 13 pass from Ryan Cerino. (Antoine Keheler kick). 14-7.

2:26. Spartanburg: Tiger Jeter 6 run (Kunak kick). 21-7.

1:06. Spartanburg: Cody Lapole 44 pass from Scott. (Kunak kick). 28-7.

THIRD QUARTER

9:40. Spartanburg: Kunak 19 FG. 31-7.

 

TEAM

RHS

Spart

 

(VISITOR)

(HOME)

First Downs

9

19

--Rushing

5

10

--Passing

3

5

--Penalty

1

4

Rushing Attempts

34

31

Yards Gained Rushing

144

191

Yards Lost Rushing

40

-30

Net Yards Rushing

104

221

Net Yards Passing

72

177

--Passes Attempted

20

22

--Passes Completed

12

8

--Had Intercepted

1

2

Total Offensive Plays

54

53

Total Net Yards

176

398

--Average Gain Per Play

 3.3  7.5

Fumbles: Number / Lost

2 / 0

2 / 1

Penalties: Number / Yards

5 / 55

10 / 90

Number of Punts / Yards

10 / 310

3 / 114

--Average Per Punt

31.0   38.0

Punt Returns: Number / Yards

3 / 23

6 / 93

Number of Kickoffs / Yards

2 / 60

6 / 347

--Average Per Kick

 30.0  57.8

--Touchbacks

0

4

Kickoff Returns: Number / Yards

2 / 30

2 / 26

Interception Returns: Number / Yards

2 / 8

1 / 38

Fumble Returns: Number / Yards

0 / 0

0 / 0

Miscellaneous Yards

0

0

Possession Time

30:28

27:11

Third Down Conversions

2 of 14

5 of 12

Fourth Down Conversions

0 of 0

0 of 1

Sacks By: Number / Yards

0 / 0

3 / 26

 

TEAM

RHS

Spart

 

(VISITOR)

(HOME)

Score

7

31

First Downs

9

19

Rushes / Yards (Net)

34 / 104

31 / 221

Passing Yards (Net)

72

177

Passes -- Att / Comp / Int

20/12/1

22/8/2

Total Offensive Plays / Yards

54 / 176

53 / 398

Fumble Returns / Yards

0 / 0

0 / 0

Punt Returns / Yards

3 / 23

6 / 93

Kickoff Returns / Yards

2 / 30

2 / 26

Interception Returns / Yards

2 / 8

1 / 38

Punts (Number/Average)

10 / 31.0

3 / 38.0

Fumbles / Lost

2 / 0

2 / 1

Penalties / Yards

5 / 55

10 / 90

Possession Time

30:28

27:11

 

RHS

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Spart

 

 

 

 

Rushing

Att

Net

TD

Lg

Avg

Thompson

18

89

0

29

 4.5

Jackson

9

36

0

18

 4.0

Odom

1

-4

0

0

-4.0

Cerino

6

-17

0

5

-2.8

Rushing

Att

Net

TD

Lg

Avg

Add New Player

17

133

0

18

 7.8

Add New Player

4

45

1

16

 11.3

Add New Player

3

29

0

18

 9.7

Add New Player

2

8

0

8

 4.0

 

 

Passing

Att

Comp

Int

Yds

TD

Lg

Cerino

20

12

1

72

1

30

Passing

Att

Comp

Int

Yds

TD

Lg

Add New Player

20

8

2

177

3

47

Add New Player

2

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

Pass Receiving

No

Yards

TD

Lg

Jackson

5

11

0

8

Urich

2

18

1

18

Bridges

2

14

0

10

McGowan

1

30

0

30

Pass Receiving

No

Yards

TD

Lg

Add New Player

2

54

1

44

Add New Player

2

50

1

47

Add New Player

2

46

0

34

Add New Player

1

22

1

22

 

 

Punting

No

Yards

Avg

TB

I20

Lg

Paden

9

282

 31.3

0

2

41

Punting

No

Yards

Avg

TB

I20

Lg

Add New Player

3

114

 38.8

0

0

42

 

 

Punt Returns

 

Yards

TD

Lg

Jackson

3

23

0

9

Punt Returns

 

Yards

TD

Lg

Add New Player

4

63

0

44

Add New Player

1

26

0

26

 

 

Kick Returns

No

Yards

TD

Lg

James

1

16

0

16

Jackson

1

14

0

14

Kick Returns

No

Yards

TD

Lg

Add New Player

1

13

0

13

Add New Player

1

13

0

13

 

 

Tackles

UA

A

Total

Sacks

TFL

Laymon

3

2

 5.0  0.0

-0.5

Brush

3

1

 4  0.0  1.0

Martin

3

1

 4  0.0  1.0

Morrow

4

0

 4.0  0  0.0

Tackles

UA

A

Total

Sacks

TFL

Add New Player

4

2

 6.0  1.0  2.5

Add New Player

3

3

 6.0  0.0  0.5

Add New Player

6

0

 6.0  2.0  3.0

Add New Player

4

1

 5.0  0.0  0.5

 

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