Riverdale Celebrates Senior Night for Football Players and Cheerleaders

By Molly Seales

On Friday, October 15, the Riverdale Academy Rebel senior football players and cheerleaders played and performed in their final regular season game in Marston Stadium. Before the game, the football players and cheerleaders were escorted by their family members and honored by their coaches. Following the presentations, there was a special fireworks show for them.

Senior football players and their escorts were #77, Kaden Cason, who was escorted by his mom Heather Nettles and his grandmother Juanita Nettles; #11 Reagan Huddleston, who was escorted by his parents, Matt and Celeste Huddleston; #4 Ty Jones, who was escorted by his parents Tyler Jones and Julie Jones; #14 Monroe McCarty, who was escorted by his parents Monroe and Lisa McCarty; #1 Jake Messenger, who was escorted by his parents, Clay and Ashlie Messenger; #50 Chandler Nettles.  He was escorted by his father, Josh Nettles and his grandmother Lisa Eddy, and #56, Denver Williams, who was escorted by his parents, Rodney and Brandi Williams.

Senior cheerleaders and their escorts were Sarah Dabbs, who was escorted by her parents, Bill and Kym Dabbs; Rylee Hodge, who was escorted by her mother Jodi Hodge; Kenley Loftin, who was escorted by her parents, Shaun Loftin and Stacey McWilliams Loftin; and Renee Prosperie, who was escorted by her parents, Carey and Donna Prosperie. 

Coaches Jared Smelser and Jensen Spillum presented the senior boys with footballs signed by their teammates. Cheer coach Sidney Jones presented the senior cheerleaders with a wooden cut-out of their first initial that had pictures of their cheerleading days and signatures of their cheer squad members.  At halftime, all of the senior cheerleaders became flyers and were lifted into stunts, followed by a special senior dance.

It was a great final regular season game for the Rebels as they beat #1 ranked WCCA 40-28 to clinch the district title. Unfortunately for the Rebels, senior Jake Messenger suffered a season ending injury in the final minutes of the game. Please join us in prayer for Jake as he has his first surgery Wednesday.

Even though the Rebels will be playing the remainder of the season without Jake and Monroe, don’t count them out!  This is a strong, determined team that has overcome many obstacles to get where they are!  The Rebels enter the playoffs as the #2 seed in Class 1A.  They have a bye on the first night of playoffs, which is October 29.  On November 5, they will play the winner of #7 seeded Tensas Academy and #10 seeded Deer Creek Academy.  The game will be played in East Point and will begin at 7:00 p.m. Please make plans to come out and support the Rebels as they fight their way back to the championship game for the second year in a row!

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