Riverside defeats Freedom with a second half shut-out
Written by: Austin Schroeder on Saturday, September 30th, 2017
A game that was heavily affected by penalties reaching 19 total penalties for 182 yards, proved to be difficult to move the ball down the field for both teams. Riverside overcame Freedom with both passing and rushing to get the win over Freedom 26-7.
Freedom, after failing their first drive by not being able to get a first down, received the punt from Riverside to start their second drive of the game. The Freedom Bulldogs got a first down the next play to get the ball to their own 45-yard line. Zach Rosa completed a pass to receiver Noah Yeck who would get around the Riverside defense to take it all the way in for a touchdown. This left Freedom in the lead by seven points.
The Riverside Panthers had the ball to start the second quarter. Riverside drove down the field eventually getting to Freedom’s two-yard-line. Noah Harris got the handoff and would take it into the endzone for a Panther touchdown.
After stopping the Bulldogs from having a successful drive, the Panthers received another punt with four minutes left on the clock. Riverside was now inside Freedom’s 5-yard line. Ben Hughes then connected with Austin Bambach for another Panther touchdown with less than a minute left in the half. The two teams went into halftime with Riverside leading the Bulldogs 14-7.
The Panthers received the ball after halftime to begin the second half. After multiple plays from the Riverside offense, they eventually got the ball on the Bulldogs’ 18-yard line. Hughes then connected with Harris for an 18-yard touchdown pass. After a missed extra point, the Panthers now had a 13-point lead over the Bulldogs 20-7.
The fourth quarter started with a Bulldog drive that fell short. Freedom punted the ball not being able to achieve a first down to give Riverside possession of the ball. With nearly three minutes left on the clock and the Panthers down on Freedom’s one-yard-line, Harris would run the ball into the endzone for a one-yard touchdown run.
With the number of penalties and lack of rushing from Freedom, it allowed Riverside to stand as the leading team of their conference.
Both teams are back in action at home next week. Freedom will host South Side Beaver while Riverside will host Neshannock.
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