MURFREESBORO -- The Riverdale Warriors dominated the Clarksville Northeast Eagles 42-6 on Friday Night at Tomahawk Stadium.
It was a tough pill to swallow for the Eagles, but the game did serve its purpose for the team.
“At Northeast, we have a football tradition, and we aren’t going to schedule 3-A or 4-A schools,” Eagles coach Brandon Clark said. “We try and schedule up because it prepares us for region games and the post season. I don’t regret playing (a team like Riverdale). What I like most about Riverdale is they do what Henry County does and that’s the team to beat in our region.”
Riverdale set the pace for the night, scoring on its first four possessions, with three of those scores coming on the ground -- one for Jacorian Currie and two for Drew Smith.
“I never think about myself I think about how we did, and we all did well,” Smith said. “The defense came out like dogs and that’s what we need. Offense did the same. The O-line is amazing. They put in hard work and try every day.
“We are senior strong. We were immature last year and this year we know what’s going on.”
Riverdale quarterback Taylor Yancey brought the Warrior passing game to the table, completing 9 of 14 passes for 126, two touchdowns and an interception. Yancey hit CJ Johnson on an 18-yard TD, but his favorite target was DJ Moyers, who caught four balls for 60 yards and a score.
However, it was more than obvious that the horse of the Riverdale offense was Smith and his 140 yards and three TDs on 16 touches. A role is one that Smith embraces.
“I love (being the work horse),” Smith said. “I feel bad anytime I’m not in the game. Even when the defense is out there I feel anxious. I love getting in there and working.”
A stingy Riverdale defense allowed just 23 rushing yards and held Eagles’ senior quarterback J’Lin Powell to just 8-of-20 for 60 yards. With negative sack yardage Northeast mustered just 65 yards of total offense.
The Eagles lone touchdown came on a 1-yard run by Kendric Foster. Northeast travels to Evansville Reitz next week and Riverdale plays at Franklin.