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Pirates run past Rams in opener

Riverside’s dominating ground attack overwhelmed visiting Cincinnati Hillcrest Academy on Saturday as the Pirates rolled to a 59-12 win in the season opener.

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Riverside’s Tanner Lane breaks free for a big gain against the Cincinnati Hillcrest Academy defense during the first half of their game Saturday at Riverside High School. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

“Obviously, you are always pleased with a win,” said Riverside head coach Tim McGill. “We had a lot of young kids get to play. Everyone played hard and didn’t let up. We went out and enjoyed ourselves.”

The Pirates were scheduled to face Bradford on Friday in their opener, but the Railroaders were forced to cancel their season because of low numbers. That forced Riverside to find another game.

Riverside outmatched the Rams on the ground and amassed 430 yards of total offense, all on the ground, on 37 carries for six rushing touchdowns. The Pirates averaged 11.6 yards per carry.

“Our offensive line did a good job blocking and opening holes,” said McGill. “No matter who was running the ball for us in the backfield, they ran hard and did a nice job moving the ball.”

 

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