Riverside was able to do just about everything it wanted in Friday’s second-round playoff game against an outmatched Lockland opponent.
The host Pirates made big plays on the ground and through the air, and forced seven turnovers en route to a 50-0 victory in a Division VII, Region 28 playoff game.
Riverside, the fifth seed in Region 28, is now 6-1 and advances to play fourth-seeded Tri-Village next Friday at Tri-Village.
Riverside jumped out to a 22-0 lead after one quarter and led 30-0 at halftime.
“Having a bye week, we wanted to come out and start fast,” said Riverside head coach Bryce Hodge. “It was big to have a great start like we did. We had a couple of things we have to clean up, but overall I was really proud of the way the guys came out and played tonight.”
Riverside senior running back Kale Long, who came into the game with over 1,500 rushing yards, piled up 281 more and five touchdowns on just 21 carries.
Long scored on touchdown runs of 14, 10, 59, 50 and 54 yards. He was afforded some big holes by a physical Riverside offensive line.
“It all starts with our offensive line,” said Hodge. “That is the number-one reason for our offensive success. And to have a running back like Kale to go with our O-line is icing on the cake. There were times Kale wasn’t getting touched until he was 20 or 30 yards down the field. That says a lot about the job our line was doing and it’s a big blessing to have Kale running the ball for us.”
The Pirates rushed for 322 yards and they also benefited from an efficient performance from quarterback Myles Platfoot, who was 11-of-14 passing for 141 yards and a touchdown.
“We want to have some versatility on offense because a lot of teams are going to try to stack the box to stop Kale,” said Hodge. “It was nice to be able to spread the ball around tonight.”
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