It won't go down as the prettiest win in Jay Roth's coaching career at Rummel.
Far from it.
But he'll take it.
Roth watched Riverside quarterback Jordan Loving torch his defense all game long, but the Raiders prevailed 38-34 in a 3 1/2 hour shootout at Yenni Stadium.
"We knew coming in that they matched up well with us athletically," said Roth. "I thought we left some points on the board early that would have given us some separation. I thought it wasn't going to end."
Rummel, ranked No. 2 in The New Orleans Advocate's Large School Super 10 and No. 4 in the LSWA Class 5A poll, improved to 2-0.
Riverside (1-2), ranked No. 3 in The New Orleans Advocate Small School Super 10 and No. 3 in 2A by the LSWA, dropped its second straight game to a Class 5A opponent after losing to Barbe last week.
Loving threw for 545 yards and four touchdowns, but it still wasn't enough.
Chandler Fields threw four touchdowns to lead the Raiders.
It's been the Fields to Ja'Marr Chase combination that has received most of the ink when it comes to the Rummel offense.
But as the Raiders showed on Saturday night, they have plenty more (as in Koy Moore) weapons in the arsenal of their revamped pass first offense.
Fields threw three of his four touchdown passes to Moore.
He threw the other to Chase, the Florida commit who was double teamed for most of the game.
"It helps a lot having Ja'Marr on the other side," Moore said. "He's getting triple teamed and I'm one-on-one."
Dwan Trufant scored the other touchdown on a 6-yard run.
Loving spread the ball around all game long, completing passes to eight different receivers. He completed 31 of 45 passes. He also had several dropped passes that would have easily put him over the 600-yard mark.
"He's as good as any quarterback that we have gone up against," said Roth. "He passes the eye test. He's a big old guy who makes plays."
Most of Loving's passes went to Kash Foley, who finished with 10 catches for 188 yards and a touchdown. He was one of three Riverside receivers with 100 yards, along with Jalen Banks (4 receptions, 139 yards) and Jeremiah Bigham (6 receptions, 104 yards. All three caught touchdowns, along with Garland Robertson.
Loving's final touchdown was a 65-yarder to Banks with 5 minutes left.
But Riverside was unable to get the ball back again.
Rummel converted a critical fourth and 1 from its own 40 when Roth decided to go for it instead of punt.
"If they get the ball back, whether they stopped us or if we punted, I don't know if we were going to stop them," Roth said. "They had the momentum. It was the right call for us."
Fields completed 15 of 31 passes for 218 yards. The Raiders had two backs to eclipse 100 yards. Keirell Jackson rushed for 172 yards and Trufant finished with 104 yards.
Riverside coach Chris Lachney wasn't calling his teams efforts a moral victory though.
"At Riverside Academy, we don't believe in moral victories," Lachney said. "We set the bar really high and there's no such thing as that. But that doesn't mean you can't take positives out of losses. That's what we'll do."
Rummel plays at Teurlings Catholic next week, while Riverside has an open date before a home showdown against De La Salle.