Riverdale pulls away from stubborn Siegel for 28-14 road win

Riverdale’s D’andrew Donaldson breaks through the tackle by Siegel’s Maddox Purvis as he runs for the end zone. ETHAN SCOTT

Riverdale survived a slow start and handled business on the road at Siegel Friday night by defeating Siegel 28-14.

“We had a little hangover from last week that we did get over quite as fast as we should have,” Riverdale coach Will Kriesky said after last week's 23-22 heartbreaker to Blackman. “A lot of things were not going our way in the first half and the intensity from our guys was not there. We got our mojo back in the second half after we challenged them, and they answered with a much better second half.”

Siegel made the most of the early momentum after Riverdale fumbled the first punt of the game. Tucker Sears completed a 24-yard touchdown to Ethan Van Hook on third down to hold an early 7-0 lead.

Riverdale’s Taylor Yancey evened the score with a 2-yard touchdown with just over a minute remaining before the half. Siegel’s Van Hook returned the ensuing kickoff to the Warrior 37, giving a short field for Sears to complete a pair of passes. The senior QB hit an open Van Hook with 19 seconds left.

“We fought together and even had ourselves in position to succeed in the second half,” Siegel coach Michael Copley said. “I love where this team's attitude is right now. The adversity we have faced to this point and to see these kids fighting for the same cause makes me proud as a coach.”

Adjustments were made at the break as Riverdale marched 65 yards on the shoulders of Drew Smith as the senior punched in another game-tying score. Yancey led the second drive of the half down to the red zone with his arm before D’andrew Donalson scored on a 15-yard speed sweep.

The Warriors defense held their own all game but their presence was felt in the second half, forcing two Stars turnovers in Riverdale territory. Jacorian Currie and CJ Johnson each collected fumbles for the Warriors, backing a group that held Siegel to 118 and a sub-zero rushing attack.

“We were big and physical up front all night,” Kriesky said. “There were times where we had guys in the back field and causing chaos kept us in good position.”

Smith capped his 20-carry, 125-yard night with his second touchdown in the closing minutes to double up the Stars 28-14 and improve to 5-2 and 3-1 in the region. Siegel dropped to 0-7 and 0-4.

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