Riverdale Rebels Demolish Central in Football Season Opener

By Molly Seales

The lights were bright, and the excitement was high on Friday night, August 13, as the Riverdale Rebels began their football season against opponent Central School of Grand Cane.  This is Central’s first year to ever have a football team, and from the kickoff, the Rebels took advantage of their inexperience.  The Rebels came out on top with a 78-6 win. All of the Rebels saw a good bit of action in the game.

According to head coach Jared Smelser, there were 13 total offensive plays, with an offensive total yards of 324 and 8 touchdowns. 274 of those yards were rushing yards that resulted in 6 touchdowns. Senior Monroe McCarty had 2 carries for 67 yards and 2 touchdowns, while senior Jake Messenger had 2 carries for 61 yards and 2 touchdowns. Sophomore Kyle Guillory had 3 carries for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns. Junior Ben Almond had 1 carry for 36 yards and a touchdown, while his younger brother, 8th grader Ashton Almond had 3 carries for 25 yards. Sophomore quarterback Ryder Huddleston had one passing attempt with resulted in a 50 yard completion to Jake Messenger for a touchdown.

Defensive coordinator Jensen Spillum had his boys fired up, and they showed that the work they put in this summer paid off. Monroe McCarty had 1 solo tackle, 2 PBU, and 2 interceptions which resulted in 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ryder Huddleston was strong on the defensive side as well with 4 solo tackles, 1 assist (4 TFL) and 1 interception. Jake Messenger was also strong with 3 solo tackles, 1 assist (1 TFL) and 1 PBU. Senior Denver Williams had 2 solo tackles and 1 assist (2 TFL.) Senior Ty “Bones” Jones had an assist with a TFL. Junior James Wagoner had 2 solo tackles, 1 assist, and 2 interceptions for 39 yards. Junior Tyler Parker had 2 solo tackles, while sophomore Hayden Hillman had 2 assists with 1 TFL.  Ben Almond had a solo tackle, while his brother Ashton had 1 PBU. Kyle Guillory and freshman Aston Hester each had 1 solo tackle and one assist, while freshman Colton Caskey had a fumble recovery. 8th grader Tanner Carlisle who also saw his first action in a varsity game had 1 solo tackle and 1 assist. The defense shut down Central as the Pioneers had 13 attempts rushing with a loss of 4 yards and one touchdown. They were 8 for 26 in passing for only 45 yards and gave up 5 interceptions.

The cheerleaders and mini cheerleaders both had great halftime performances, and there was a huge crowd on hand for the game. The Rebels will be at home again this Friday at 7:30 p.m. as they take on Prairie View Academy. Come out and support your Riverdale Rebels!

Photo Credit Leslie Johnson

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