BY ZACH SPADT
The Riverside Rebels got off to a slow start last Friday night against St. Stephens, but the final score didn’t reflect that.
RHS easily put away the Eagles 64-6 on the road.
“It took a while for us to mentally get off the bus,” Rebels Head Coach Sam Buck said.
St. Stephens first and only score of the evening was on a broken play. A SSHS player dropped a snap and still managed to make it through the Rebels’ defense and score.
Buck said that’s part of six-man football, though.
Later in the game during a punt attempt, the Rebels had their own broken play. Receiving a bad snap, Tate Clutter managed to break through several tackles for a 50-year touchdown run.
“That was the spark that got us going,” Buck said.
From that point on, Riverside owned the evening.
Junior Ryan Vigil added to an already stellar season, scoring five touchdowns. Of those, three were from receptions and two were from rushes.
“Ryan led the way,” Buck said. Vigil had 100 reception, 100 rushing and 55 return yards.
“He had a busy night,” added Buck.
This week, Buck said the team is going to work on fundamentals and not making mental mistakes. The Rebels struggled with bad pass reads, and they can’t continue to do that if they want to win games heading down the stretch.
On Friday night, RHS will be back in Basin to take on a struggling Ten Sleep team.
But Buck said the Pioneers are a credible threat.
“They have a really good quarterback,” he said. “When he throws the ball, people usually come down with it.
“We’re going to have to keep him contained in the pocket — hopefully we can make plays that way.”
Last year the Rebels thumped Ten Sleep early on, getting out a lead in excess of 30 points. However, the Pioneers fought back and made it a close game — and the Rebels don’t want to gamble on that happening again during this year’s matchup.
Friday night’s action begins at 7 p.m. in Basin.