It is the first time that Riverdale Academy has won the district championship in football. It is now on to the playoffs for the Rebels.
Riverdale will host North Sunflower at 7:00 pm Friday night at home. North Sunflower is seeded number 7. The game will be streamed live by Journal Sports. To listen to the game, go the The Journal’s website, www.RedRiverParishJournal.com. Or listen through social media at www.Facebook.com/RedRiverParishJournal. There is a link to click on to hear the game. Kickoff is 7:00 pm and the broadcast begins at 6:45. Your broadcast team is Lewis Lawson, Payton Thornton and John Brewer.
Victory grew out of defeat in the first game of the season against Humphreys. Coach Jared Smelser said, “Now Riverdale is seeded number two and will enjoy home field advantage throughout the playoffs.”
It did not look good for the Rebels back on August 18th with that loss to Humphreys. Things looked even grimmer with an injury to running back Payton Thornton that ended his year.
By the next week, August 25th, the team pulled together and defeated Franklin Academy 36 to 22. They never looked back, racking up an impressive 7-0 district record and an overall record of 8 wins and only one loss.