The Riverside Military Academy football team is moving on in the Class A-Private schools playoffs.
Jordan Battle ran for 191 yards and a touchdown, senior quarterback Isaac Teasley had two total scores and the No. 23 seeded Eagles stunned No. 10 seed George Walton Academy in the opening round with a 24-14 triumph on Friday night in Monroe.
With the win, Riverside Military Academy (6-5) faces Fellowship Christian next Friday night in Roswell.
“Our kids did a phenomenal job of sticking to their guns, executing the game plan we emphasized all week and just trusting the process,” Riverside Military coach Nick Garrett said. “The kids stepped up and made phenomenal plays on both sides of the ball, and the George Walton coach said it best: We just completely outschemed them, outplayed them and out-physicaled them. And when you do that, you win games.”
George Walton broke the scoreless tie minutes into the game, though Riverside Military was quick to answer back, and then some. Teasley put the Eagles on the board on a 1-yard quarterback run, and a missed extra point cut it to 7-6 with 4:31 left in the first. Minutes later, a Battle 61-yard scoring scamper put the Eagles ahead, 13-7.
A 10-yard rushing score put George Walton Academy ahead a second time, 14-13 at the half. But in the second half, a Teasley 54-yard touchdown strike to Jashod Dabney and successful two-point conversion gave Riverside Military the lead for good.
Khalid Duke also converted a fourth-and 7 into a 26-yard run to help milk the clock with under five minutes left to play. A Michael Madichie 36-yard field goal stretched Riverside Military’s lead to 10 with 2:03 left.
Also for the Eagles, Harry Kim led the defense with 15 tackles.
Compiled by Sarah Woodall