Last week, the Parkview Baptist Eagles were flying high following a huge season-opening win over Catholic High. But the Riverside Rebels were hanging low following a last-second loss to John Ehret.
This week, the two teams switched places.
Riverside, the No. 9 team in Class 2A, rallied from last week’s tough defeat to take a solid 27-19 win over the No. 1 ranked team in Class 3A Thursday night in a regionally televised game of the week.
“We took a lesson from last week and applied it to this week,” Riverside coach Bill Stubbs said.
Now it’s Parkview’s turn to try to put a tough loss behind them.
“We always tell the kids: It’s not about the scoreboard, it’s about how we play,” Eagles coach Jay Mayet said. “That’s the most important thing, whether we win or lose. We have to improve. It’s a long season. It’s Week Two. We told them last week: One win doesn’t define the season. One loss doesn’t define the season.”
But the Rebels wasted no time showing that they had put last week’s game behind them. Riverside took the opening kickoff and put together a near-perfect 14-play, 65-yard drive capped by a 5-yard run by quarterback Herb McGee, at 4:30 into the game.
Then, after the defense stuffed the Eagles on seven plays, the Rebels put together another scoring drive, this one covering 56 yards on five plays. With 3:57 remaining in the first quarter, Riverside took a 14-0 lead when McGee connected with Avonti Cannon on a 1-yard pass between two Parkview defenders.
But then Parkview found its rhythm. When a drive seemed to stall at the Eagles’ 37-yard line, Mayet reached into a bag of tricks for a fake punt that gave the Eagles new life at the Riverside 43. When the drive stalled again, Dillon Hoglen came in for a 45-yard field goal with 9:55 to play in the half.
The Eagles pulled another trick out of their hats on the next drive — a double pass from quarterback Reggie Hayes to Sam O’Brien, who threw 30 yards to Kaylin White for the score with 2:53 remaining in the half.
The Eagles had a chance to tie the game just before the end of the half, but Hoglen missed a 40-yard field goal.
The Rebels’ defense stiffened in the third quarter, forcing the Eagles to turn the ball over on downs with 5:40 to play at the Riverside 38. Then the Rebels added a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter while the Eagles managed one.
McGee, normally a wide receiver, seemed much more at ease in his second week filling in for the injured Jared Butler (elbow). He completed 11 passes for 104 yards and one touchdown plus he ran for another.
Running back Brandon Sanders rushed for 84 yards and one touchdown. Tyler Gauthier caught one touchdown pass and kicked three PATs. He also punted for a 37-yard average and sent every kickoff into the end zone for a touchback.
“Last week was my first full game (as quarterback),” McGee said. “I had a little jitters. This week, I was more comfortable just taking reps. I got out there and it was a better feeling. I’m loving playing quarterback.”
“He just tried too hard last week,” Riverside coach Bill Stubbs said. “We decided to manage him. We decided to give him some new things within the confines of the offense. This week, he stayed inside the confines of the offense.”