On Kanawha County's opening night of the 2020 football season, the Riverside Warriors came up short of visiting George Washington, 35-21.
And it was a shaky second quarter that doomed the Warriors to their 0-1 start.
Sparked by a pair of touchdown passes from R.T. Alexander to Brody Thompson and a 48-yard TD jaunt from De'Anthony Wright — all in the second period — the Patriots broke open a 7-7 contest.
"Our second quarter really hurt us," said Riverside coach Alex Daugherty. "It was 7-7, and they scored three unanswered."
While the Warriors did a better job containing GW's passing yardage than they did in 2019, the Patriots answered with a solid ground game, powered by Wright's 200 yards and one six-pointer on 10 carries.
And Alexander was far from shabby on the evening, going 10 of 18 for 161 yards and four scores.
For Riverside, Jacob Wisen scored on a 5-yard run, Braxton Jones tallied a 1-yard TD run, and Jones tossed a 6-yard scoring pass to Josh Arthur. Jacob Ball converted all three PAT kicks.
Andrew Baria rushed for 78 yards on 21 carries to lead the RHS rushing attack. Mack Lusk provided 48 yards on 12 tries. Lusk also caught two passes for 44 yards from Jones, who was 4 of 7 for 78 stripes. Michael Terrell also hauled in a 28-yard aerial.
Baria, Adam Wilkinson and Dalton DeVault had four solo tackles apiece to guide the Warrior defense. Wilkinson logged an interception, too.
Daugherty said his young team simply needs to get some more on-field experience and tighten up some areas.
"Our execution was off a little," he said. "The mental mistakes have got to be eliminated."
"It definitely felt good to be back on the field with the kids," Daugherty added. "We played a very good GW team ... and we got a glimmer of what we need to do (the rest of the way)."
Barring any schedule changes, the Warriors will visit Sissonville on Tuesday, Oct. 13 for a 7 p.m. encounter.
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