Riverdale Rebels triumph in district championship!

By: Chloe Spradley

After a big win last Friday night against Tensas Academy, the Rebels emerged victorious as the MAIS District 3-1A Champions! From opening kick-off, the Rebels consistently outplayed their opponents, resulting in a 54-0 win against Tensas. This much-deserved victory displays the Rebels’ skill, teamwork, and determination, solidifying their claim to the championship title.

Receiving Offensive MVP was Ryder Huddleston with 5 connecting passes totaling 169 passing yards, 4 resulting in touchdowns. On the receiving end of those was Ashton Almond with 33 yards and 1 touchdown, Kaidyn Williams with 32 yards and 1 touchdown, and Kyle Guillory with 104 yards and 2 touchdowns.

In rushing yards, lineman Hayden Hillman stepped out of his comfort zone to complete 2 carries for 8 yards, scoring the first touchdown of his high school career. In addition, Hillman secured the 2 point conversion following his touchdown. This, combined with his defensive contributions secured him the title of Defensive MVP. Tanner Carlisle also had a memorable night with one carry resulting in 44 yards and his first varsity touchdown. Guillory, Williams, Landen Barrett, Kane Dortlon, and Jax Hearold also had rushing yards for the Rebels.

Adding to the Rebels success, the team’s defense consistently shut down Tensas’s attempts to score. Contributing to this was Barrett with 4 solo tackles and 3 assists (4 TFL); Zane Givens with 4 solo tackles and 1 assist; Hillman with 2 solos and 5 assists; John Windham with 3 solos, 3 assists, and 1 sack (3TFL); Carlisle with 1 solo, 5 assists (1 TFL), and 1 punt block; Almond with 1 solo and 4 assists (5 TFL); and Hearold with 1 assist.

Special teams include Guillory with 2 punt returns, 82 yards, and 1 touchdown. Because of his exceptional performance on special teams, offense, and defense, Guillory received this week’s game ball.