Raiders roll past South Point, 25-8

BIDWELL, Ohio — The River Valley Raiders hosted the visiting South Point Pointers in a Week 3 non-conference football contest on Friday night at Raider Stadium. River Valley’s defense limited South Point’s offense to a total of 152 yards, which helped the Raiders on their way to a 25-8 triumph.

In the beginning of the first quarter, the Raider (2-1) defense forced the Pointers (2-1) to a three-and-out.

Patrick Brown of RVHS led his team down the field, but had one unfortunate toss to South Point’s Cade Brandt — whom returned the interception for a 59-yard touchdown.

A successful two-point conversion run by Jeremy McMillian gave SPHS its only lead of the game at 8-0 at the 9:58 mark of the first quarter.

At the 10:55 mark into the second quarter, Patrick Brown connected a 57-yard touchdown pass to Layne Fitch. A successful two-point conversion pass from Brown to Dustin Barber allowed RVHS to tie the game.

With 6:45 remaining in the first half, Joel Morrison threw an interception to Cole Young, and Young returned the interception 16 yards to the house.

A successful PAT by Colton Gilmore allowed the Raiders to move out in front by a 15-8 count.

Dustin Barber picked his first of two interceptions from South Point’s Morrison during the second quarter. With 45 seconds left in the second quarter, Patrick Brown had a one-yard rushing touchdown — and a successful PAT by Colton Gilmore extended the RVHS lead to 22-8 as both teams headed into the locker room at the half.

During the third quarter, the Raiders defense forced the Pointers in a loss of downs twice deep in the red zone. Neither team, however, managed in points during the third stanza.

In the fourth quarter, Colton Gilmore tacked on a 34-yard field goal with 7:08 remaining in the game. RVHS pushed the lead out to 25-8, which was the final result of the game. South Point marched down the field on its final drive, but another interception by Barber sealed the deal for the Raiders.

“Our defense played really well. Pitching a shut out is something these kids are really going to remember, especially on a short week,” RVHS head coach Jerrod Sparling said following the game. “The kids played faster, but when you get a shut-out defensively, you are on the right track.”

Brown led the Silver and Black in passing after an 11-of-21 effort for 118 yards, which included one touchdown and two interceptions. Brown also led River Valley in rushing with 18 carries for 104 yards and one touchdown.

Cole Young had 11 carries for 35 yards, while Gabe Stapleton had one carry for zero yards.

Layne Fitch led the Raiders in receiving with three catches for 52 yards and one touchdown. Dustin Barber had two receptions for 22 yards, while Jordan Burns and Jared Reese each had two grabs for 18 yards.

Ty VanSickle led the Raider defense with 10 tackles, while Barber caught two interceptions.

The Raiders had 137 yards of rushing and 118 yards of passing for a total of 255 yards of offense. The hosts also had 12 first downs and 12 penalties for 104 yards.

Joel Morrison led the Pointers in passing with a 7-of-27 effort for 73 yards, which included four interceptions. Morrison also led SPHS in rushing with 23 carries for 69 yards.

Jeremy McMillian had five carries for 11 yards, while Jared Whitt had one carry for two yards.

Brad Perry led South Point in receiving with four catches for 62 yards. Cade Brandt also had two receptions for seven yards.

The Pointers accumulated 79 yards of rushing and 73 yards of passing for a team total of 152 yards of offense. The guests had 10 first downs and a total of 11 penalties for 100 yards.

River Valley will open the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division next Friday when it travels to Nelsonville-York for a Week 4 contest at 7:30 p.m.

By J.P. Davis

For Ohio Valley Publishing

J.P. Davis is Sports Correspondent for Ohio Valley Publishing