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Riverside stays perfect with 48-2 win

POSTED: September 16, 2008 5:01 a.m.

 

From the second the national anthem was sung, Riverside had the momentum.

That momentum, and junior Julian Suber carried the Eagles to a 48-2 win against the winless Rabun County Wildcats (0-3).

This is Riverside’s third game back in GHSA and so far, so good for the Eagles (3-0).

Rabun County coach Danny Durham had a feeling this game could be the Suber Show. When asked about the talent of the Riverside junior, he replied, "I know we cannot stop No. 3 (Suber), but we hope to be able to slow him down some."

Coach Durham will need to keep hoping.

Suber had 127 yards rushing on only seven carries and a 25-yard rushing touchdown. To add to that, Suber was perfect for passing on the night, going 7-for-7 with 113 yards and two touchdowns.

Junior Riverside quarterback Lucas Bersin, outpassed Suber by six yards, throwing for 119 yards on 14 attempts and two touchdowns. The quarterback tandem completed passes to eight different players. Brandon McKinney led the team with five catches for 64 yards and two touchdowns. Kyle Glennon was behind him with three catches for 59 yards and a touchdown, and Adrian Quinones followed with three catches and 32 yards and a trip of his own into the end zone.

Riverside running back Taylor Peterson ran for 65 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown, and Logan Clemens ran for 62 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown.

Riverside won the first down battle as well in the game. With 15 first downs for the Eagles and only five for the Wildcats.

Rabun County’s only points came on a bad shotgun snap late in the third quarter that rolled into the end zone and was fallen on by Brian Cox for a safety. It was one of Riverside’s two fumbles, but Rabun County turned it over three times to counter the Eagle’s mistakes.

Rabun County struggled on offense all night. Ethan Grant, the Wildcats’ quarterback, only completed 7-of-18 passes for 49 yards to four players.

The Eagles defense was relentless as was predicted by Durham before the game.

"It (the game) will be a big challenge for us because they have good people playing at every position."

The rushing defense was especially strong for Riverside. As a team, Rabun County ran for only 60 yards between four players. Next week Riverside heads to North Oconee and Rabun County will host Banks County.



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