Riverdale Rebel Football Gets Huge Win Against UCA

By Molly Seales

This week, the Riverdale Rebels took the field on Saturday night as the visiting UCA Lions came to East Point.  The Rebels had an easy time this week, defeating the Lions by a score of 66-18.  The offense, defense, and special teams all came out ready to play, and their work paid off.

The Rebels had 350 total yards for 7 touchdowns and 132 return yards for 2 touchdowns.  Sophomore quarterback Ryder Huddleston was perfect in passing on the night, going 5 for 5 for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Senior Jake Messenger had 1 reception for 2 yards and a touchdown, while Senior Ty “Bones” Jones had 1 reception for 44 yards and a touchdown.  Senior Monroe McCarty had 2 receptions for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns. Junior Ben Almond had 1 reception for 10 yards.  Messenger also had 2 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown, while McCarty had 2 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown.  Huddleston had 3 carries for 15 yards and a touchdown. Jones had 1 carry for 18 yards, and Almond had 1 carry for 2 yards.  Sophomore Kyle Guillory had 4 carries for 35 yards. Messenger was unstoppable as he had a 58 yard punt return for a touchdown and a 74 yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

The defense played a solid game as they held the Lions offense to only 3 touchdowns.  The seniors put in an outstanding defensive effort.  Senior Denver Williams had 3 solo tackles and 2 assists, including 2 TFL. Messenger had 2 solo tackles, 2 assists, 1 TFL, and 1 PBU, while Jones had 4 solo tackles and 2 assists, including 2 TFL. McCarty had 4 solo tackles, 1 assist, and 4 PBU. Almond had a stellar defensive performance with 6 solo tackles, 2 interceptions for 6 yards, and 2 PBU. Guillory had 1 solo tackle and 2 assists, including 2 TFL, and Huddleston had 2 solo tackles, including 1 TFL. Junior Tyler Parker had 1 solo tackles and 2 assists, including 2 TFL, while junior James Wagoner had 2 solo tackles. Sophomore Hayden Hillman rounded out the defense with 1 assist with 1 TFL.

This week the Rebels will travel for their first away game.  They will face Tallulah Academy at 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 3rd. Good luck Rebels!

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