By KARLA POMEROY
The Riverside Rebels got a big win over previously unbeaten Rocky Mountain, celebrating Homecoming with a 22-13 win over the Grizzlies Friday night.
“We played well but there are still things we need to work. Penalties hurt us. We made mistakes that continued to stop drives,” Coach Adam Tri said.
He said the offense had a strong balanced attack with 109 rushing yards and 185 yards through the air. He said the team was able to run better in the second half.
Defensively, he said the team did a great job stopping Rocky’s running attack. “We pursued the ball, players were in their spots and we did better tackling,” Tri said.
With the win the Rebels improved to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference. “The kids should realize we can play with a lot of teams if we play hard and execute. We’ll use this and keep playing hard,” Tri said.
Riverside opened the game giving the ball over to Rocky on downs. Rocky took the ball from the 25 to the end zone for the first score, leading 7-0 with 38 seconds left in the quarter.
After a great kick return was brought back on a penalty, Riverside’s drive stalled and they punted, starting a series of punts from both teams.
Riverside got on the board with 3:20 to play in the first half after causing a fumble from Rocky quarterback Brady Winland in the end zone. While Rocky recovered, Riverside scored two points on the safety.
The Rebels finally got into the end zone on offense near the end of the third quarter with 3:04 to play on a 14-yard pass from Jordan Herman to Clint Getzfreid. The two-point conversion pass failed but Riverside had their first lead of the game, 8-7.
In the fourth quarter a Brynnt Wood sack ended a drive for Rocky and on the ensuing punt, Getzfreid returned it 49 yards for a touchdown. The PAT by Ricardo DeNiz was good and the Rebels led 15-7.
Rocky answered right away driving and scoring on a pass play. The two-point conversion pass failed and Riverside clung to a two-point lead, 15-13, with 3:20 to play in the game.
The final drive for Riverside was the Mike Miller show as he got the ball for the length of the field until Herman, on a quarterback keeper ran into the end zone from 2 yards out with 1:07 to play. The PAT was good and Riverside led 22-13.
Herman was 14-31 for 185 yards, one TD and two interceptions. Miller had six catches for 71 yards, Getzfried 5 for 44 and a TD, Damion McKim one for 10 yards and Bryce Johnson two for 66 yards.
Miller rushed for 104 of the team’s 109 yards on 24 carries.
This Friday the Rebels travel down Wyoming Highway 30 to Burlington for a conference matchup with the Huskies at 3 p.m.
Tri said again the emphasis will be to stop the run. They have a couple of good running back. They have good athletes,” Tri said. Offensively, he said the focus will be to prevent mistakes and not hurt themselves on offense.