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Riverside ground game hammers East Jackson, 44-6

Shuffled backfield shines as Riverside goes to 4-1; Jefferson up next

POSTED: September 30, 2008 5:00 a.m.

The Riverside Military Academy football team improved to 4-1 on the season Friday with a 44-6 win over East Jackson at Maginnis Field.

The Eagles (3-1 in Region 8-AA) dominated East Jackson (1-4, 1-3 in region) in almost every facet of the game.

Junior running back Julian Suber led the way, rushing for 220 yards on only 19 carries, 185 of those yards in the first half. He scored three touchdowns, as did Logan Clemens.

"I just run the ball, but mainly it's the line," Suber said. "They were making some holes that trains could have run through."

Suber led his Riverside team in rushing and receiving. He caught three passes for 25 yards and rushed for three touchdowns, not bad for a player who has spent most of the season at quarterback before being shifted in the backfield.

"Lucas Bersin, our backup quarterback has been throwing it really well," Riverside coach Chris Lancaster said. "He's really starting to emerge as a great thrower and it just allows us to put two of our best athletes on the field, (Bersin) at quarterback and (Suber) at tailback."

Senior flanker Logan Clemens also scored three touchdowns, catching two touchdown passes and getting one on a 1-yard run.

With Suber moving to tailback, Clemens was able to play away from his usual running back spot to wide receiver part of the time.

The changing of Riverside's backfield may be a recurring theme throughout the season. Lancaster said he's not ready to give any hints on whether or not Suber will see more time at quarterback.

"I'd have to kill you if I tell you," he said.

Bersin, Suber's replacement at quarterback, had a solid night as well. The junior went 10-for-19 passing for 72 years, no interceptions and two touchdown passes.

East Jackson's Evan Williamson did not have as much success, going 5-of-17 for 70 yards and two interceptions by Riverside's Victor Frick and Aaron Gambrah. Gambrah's interception return set up Clemens' 1-yard touchdown run.

Riverside does not have long to celebrate its win. A big region game looms against 5-0 Jefferson next Friday, the first meeting between the two schools since 1999.

"We're just going to take it one day at a time," Lancaster said. 



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