Riverdale dominates Rockvale for second region victory

Riverdale’s CJ Johnson scores a Warrior touchdown as he celebrates on the sideline with teammate Javon Nelson. ETHAN SCOTT

Riverdale was out for blood after last week’s upset loss to Smyrna, and it was the Rockvale Rockets (0-5, 0-2) on the receiving end of a 42-0 lashing by the Warriors (4-1, 2-0) at Tomahawk Stadium Friday night.

“We had a tough week last week, we didn’t play our capability or ability,” Riverdale coach Will Kriesky said. “So we came out this week and focused on ourselves and got back to the basics. We got together as a team because we had to many guys trying to do too much last week and didn’t do their job.”

Both teams were minus their respective starting quarterbacks, Taylor Yancey for Riverdale and Lamarious Nelson for Rockvale.

With Nelson and younger brother Lamarcus also out and a determined Riverdale defense, the Rockets offense was rendered almost non-existent. Sophomore Logan Nowacki took the quarterback duties and he and the Rocket offense, despite tremendous effort, could only muster 30 net yards of offense.

On the other side, Riverdale back-up sophomore Jameson Holcomb took the reins and had quite a first start, throwing for 198 yards and three touchdowns on 8 of 10 passing.

“I knew I was starting in the middle of the week,” Holcomb said. “It’s just getting ready for a game. I’ve done it a lot. Just doing what you do every week, focusing and getting ready for Friday.

“We watched a lot of film on (Rockvale) and I knew the coverages they were going to throw at us. My offensive line did a great job. I never really got touched. Everybody knew what they were doing besides a few mess-ups and that’s going to happen.”

“Holcomb’s a football player,” Kriesky said. “He handled the situation like any good football player. Nothing fazed him. He knows the game, studies the game and just makes plays. He has a world of confidence and that’s what you can expect from a good quarterback.”

On the receiving end of Holcomb’s TDs were CJ Johnson, Xaylan McKinnie, and Doreon Hollis. Johnson and Hollis’ catches were over 40 yards. DJ Moyers caught three balls for 56 yards.

“It’s a process (switching quarterbacks),” Hollis said. “I’m used to (Yancey) and he and Jameson have different mindsets. We just had to get used to it. We worked hard over the week.”

Riverdale used nine ball carries for the night, and to credit Rockvale’s defense, it only yielded 113 yards rushing.

Drew Smith twice for the Warriors early in the game but saw little action in the blowout.

Riverdale freshman quarterback Cade Hewitt had 39 yards on three carries and the final Warrior touchdown.

Both teams are at home next week. Rockvale hosts Oakland and Riverdale hosts Blackman.

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