Running backs Brandon Connard and Marcus Lloyd each had 16 carries and combined for more than 300 yards in a 40-20 home win over Smyrna Friday night.

"Our line played really well but we did not play as well defensively as I would have liked," Riverdale coach Will Kriesky said. "They broke a lot of arm tackles and got yards after contact. We have to improve on that the rest of the way."

The offensive line starters for the Warriors -- Jalen Jenkins, Jaylen Weist, Christian Stapleton, Alex Vitantonio and Jarod Russell -- are all seniors.

"We are the best 1-2 running back tandem in the state," Connard said. "We can do that every week against anybody. We compete in practice 24-7 every day."

After a Smyrna three-and-out, it was third and 15 and Riverdale quarterback Jameson Holcomb hit Lloyd with a screen pass that gained 51 yards to set up his 2-yard run to get the Warriors on the board.

Smyrna came right back and went on a 10-play, 90 yard drive, capped by a 1-yard run by Landon Miller that tied the game at 7-7.

The key play of the first half was when Smyrna had the ball near midfield and went for it on fourth and short. The Warriors held and took the ball over and scored before the half when Holcomb threw a ball to the left corner of the end zone that CJ Johnson came down with.

"I was being aggressive and on the road you have to do that," Smyrna coach Matt Williams said. "They were more physical up front and on the edges, and I thought them leaning on us really affected us late in the ballgame."

The second half started when Connard took a pitch ran up the middle and raced 52 yards to the end zone to make it 21-7.

Smyrna came right back and scored on another short run by Miller. The extra point hit off the left upright and bounced away, making it 21-13.

Smyrna got it to as close as one score when Miller rolled right and found Jamir Eaton near the sideline. He took it the rest of the way 58 yards, making the score 28-20.

Riverdale scored twice more as Connard ran one in from four yards and Lloyd ran one in with 95 seconds left from 22 yards out.

Riverdale won its third in a row and is 3-1, while Smyrna dropped to 2-2.

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