Created on Saturday, 05 October 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Once Riverside’s offense got rolling Friday, it couldn’t be stopped.
Riverside’s Tanner Lane fends off an Upper Scioto Valley defender during the second quarter of their game Friday at Riverside High School. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)
The host Pirates ran away for a 50-20 pasting of visiting Upper Scioto Valley in a Northwest Central Conference matchup.
The Pirates even their record at 3-3 overall and are now 2-1 in the NWCC. The Rams fall to 3-3, 1-2.
Riverside pounded out 427 yards on the ground. Connor Cotterman rushed for 220 yards on 32 carries and piled up four touchdowns, while Tanner Lane finished with 106 rushing yards one TD on 14 carries.
“We were able to run the ball well,” said RHS head coach Tim McGill. “We were sharper up front than we have been. The backs ran hard and we felt very positive about getting better this week.”
Cotterman sparked the Pirates on offense early with three touchdowns in the first half.
“Connor always runs very hard, but up front they did a great job on his runs,” said McGill. “That is what the defense was giving, so his number was called a lot. To have a 200-yard rusher and a 100-yard rusher was great.”
Cotterman got RHS on the scoreboard first with a 21-yard touchdown run with 8:27 to play in the opening quarter.
The sophomore standout struck pay dirt again with 34 seconds left in the first quarter on a 16-yard dash, which put his squad ahead 14-0.
In the second quarter, Cotterman carried Riverside’s offense down the field and eventually punched in a 4-yard TD run with 8:06 left before the break. The extra-point attempt was blocked, leaving the Pirates up 20-0.
Upper Scioto Valley cut into that lead with a 47-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. The two-point conversion play failed, making the score 20-6.
The Rams continued to chop away at the Pirates’ lead after a 47-yard touchdown run in the second quarter with 2:56 remaining. The two-point conversion failed again as the Pirates held a 20-12 lead.
Riverside took to the air for its next score. Quarterback Kolt Shough found Ryan Davidson in the corner of the end zone on an 11-yard TD pass with 26 seconds left before halftime. Davidson ran in a two-point conversion to put the Pirates up 28-12.
Just before halftime USV was able to cut the lead down with a 10-yard touchdown pass and a two-point conversion. That made the score 28-20 at the break.
Neither team scored in the third quarter, but Riverside took over in the fourth quarter with three more trips to the end zone.
Shough hit Tanner Lane on a 58-yard touchdown pass, Cotterman punched in a 1-yard TD run and Lane had a 28-yard dash to pay dirt.
Defensively for the Pirates, Cotterman led the defense with 11 tackles, Davidson had six tackles and an interception and Lane had seven tackles.
Riverside travels to Lima Perry on Friday for an NWCC contest.
RAMS @ PIRATES
UpperScioto 0 20 0 0 – 20
Riverside 14 14 0 22 – 50
TEAM STATISTICS USV • RIV
First downs 11 • 15
Total net yards 283 • 427
Rushes/yards 28/208 • 44/341
Passing 75 • 86
Comp-att-int 5-12-2 • 5-9-1
Punts/avg 4/32 • 3/34
Fumbles-lost 1-1 • 0-0
Penalties-yards 1-15 • 7-41
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