The Riverside Rebels football squad bounced back off the season-opening loss to Normative Services and defeated the Dubois Rams 75-32 Friday evening in Basin.
“I thought going into this game it was going to be a competitive game,” Coach Sam Buck said. “It was a great team win, I thought our execution was good. We took a big step forward.”
Freshman Garrett Ellis-Rudd went four for nine passing with 138 yards with three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in the game.
“For a freshman, he has a great work ethic,” Buck said. “He’s a smart kid and very coachable. He’s going to make his fair share of mistakes, but he’s going to grow and learn from them.”
Sophomore Tate Clutter had five carries for 37 yards and a rushing touchdown. He also had two catches for 79 yards. Clutter also one fumble recovery return and two receiving touchdowns in the game. Clutter also had 20 defensive points, three solo tackles, two tackles for losses and a sack.
Junior Ryan Miller had two catches for 60 yards and two receiving touchdowns. Miller also had a punt return for a score. Miller also had 20 defensive points, six solo tackles and three assisted tackles.
Nathaniel Boreen had four carries for 47 yards and returned a kickoff for a score. He led the team in defensive points for the second straight week with 29 points, three assisted tackles, eight solo tackles, one tackle for loss, one pass break up and a fumble recovery.
“He had another good week for us,” Buck said. “Everybody on our team was able to run or get a catch, which is unusual, but it was nice to see everyone get involved.”
The Rebels were scheduled to face Ten Sleep this week but due to low numbers for the Pioneers this season, the Rebels will pick up a win over Ten Sleep by forfeit. Riverside is scheduled to face Saratoga’s JV team Friday at 2:30 p.m. in Saratoga.
“From our standpoint, we want to work on what we can do to get better,” Buck said. “We want to compete and do well against Saratoga. We saw the film, and they’re a good team. They got some good athletes so we want to make sure we compete and hold our own against them.”
By Sam Smith