Wade Hampton High School handed Riverside its 10th consecutive loss of the season, 38-13, Friday night at the Reservation on Senior Night. It was Wade Hampton’s second win
Riverside (0-10) figured it had to pull out all its arsenal when it conducted two onside kicks and a fake punt – all in the first half – with all of them failing.
Riverside (2-8) scored on a safety, a Josh Edwards 42-yard touchdown run and JJ Richardson’s 17-yard interception return in the first quarter. Brenden Glick’s two points after touchdown was all the scoring Wade Hampton would need.
The Riverside High School Speech and Debate Team won the first place team award at the 29th Bob Jones Invitational Tournament on Oct 17.
In addition to the sweepstakes award, the following students won individual championships: Abigail Holland in Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate, Carol Lee in Original Oratory, Devin Remley in Informative Speaking, Michael Gallagher in Expository Speaking, Erden Ucok in Novice Reading, and Jaimie McKeel in Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate.
Riverside Head Coach Phil Smith said he told his team “It’s not about the scoreboard. It’s small successes turning into bigger successes.”
The brief talk, after Riverside lost for the ninth time this season, 37-10, at J.L. Mann Friday night, was to soothe the players’ feelings and give some semblance of hope with two games remaining.
“I’ve got a bunch of kids in there (locker room) that must go to work Monday,” Smith softly said.
The South Carolina High School League has extended the playoffs one week.
Devastating floods buried much of the South Carolina midlands and Lowcountry under feet of water and forced postponements of scores of games. SCHSL commissioner Jerome Singleton granted a one-week extension to the regular season so that all teams could make up their missed regular season games.
The Riverside High School Speech and Debate Team took top honors at the 2015 Jimmy Poole Viking Classic Tournament, ranking first out of 33 participating schools.
The team won the overall sweepstakes championship and the Junior Challenge Cup for Outstanding Novices.
On paper winless Riverside didn’t match up with No. 3-ranked Byrnes in a Class 4A matchup Friday night at the Reservation. On the field it was even worse as Byrnes handed Riverside one of its worst defeats in school history, 76-7.
Byrnes, annually one of the elite state teams, was ranked No. 3 and its only blemish was last week’s loss to No. 1-ranked Spartanburg. The roster looks like a who’s who of size, speed and talent already two Shrine Bowl picks – Chavis Dawkins, wide receiver, and Jaylon Foster, running back/defensive back.
Riverside had been shut out in half of its games and entered Friday’s game averaging 2.6 points while opponents were scoring at a 47-point average. Byrnes pushed that average to 51 points a game Friday.
The Pride of Riverside Marching Band earned a superior rating and a score of 90.85 at the Henry Laurens Invitational in Class VI.
That earned The Pride a sweep of the awards, winning Best Color Guard Performance, Best Percussion Performance, Best Music Performance and first place in Class.
The Pride took the field Saturday evening.
Riverside executed an onside kick to begin the game at Boiling Springs Friday night and that was about the highlight of the evening for the Warriors.
One year after Riverside scored a stunning overtime win over Boiling Springs, that was put well in the past by the end of the game.
Hurricane Joaquin is causing havoc with high schools trying to outmaneuver the “very dangerous” Category 4 storm to readjust football schedules Thursday and Friday.