QUINCY — A pair of seniors hooked up for the game-winner to cap a thrilling 36-33 Riverside victory over South Charleston Friday.
Facing a fourth-and-11 situation from the South Charleston 27 with 25 seconds left, Riverside quarterback Javante Elzy launched a pass to receiver Isaiah Osborne, and Osborne cradled the ball across the goal line to put the Warriors ahead for good in the back-and-forth contest.
After the Class AAA No. 11 Warriors took the lead, the Black Eagles had one final drive but couldn’t convert, leading to a jubilant Riverside celebration.
“The kids were fighting through a lot of adversity (penalties, turnovers, etc.) all night,” said Riverside head coach Alex Daugherty. “We knew they (South Charleston) would have some big plays; they’ve got a lot of skilled athletes.
“We just kept fighting and pounding away.”
“We don’t throw much, but when we do we’ve got be be effective with it,” Daugherty added. “We’ve been effective throughout the year.”
The Elzy-to-Osborne score capped off a big drive which chewed up about 7 minutes and 30 seconds and covered 95 yards, keeping the big-play Black Eagles’ offense off the field in the process.
Elzy had a 12-yard TD pass to teammate Mack Lusk earlier in the game.
Griffin Key provided a pair of rushing scores, Elzy (46 yards on the night) scored on a 3-yard burst, and Austin Chapman led a defensive charge with resulted in a SC safety in the second period. Placekicker Jacob Ball had four successful PAT kicks.
Also for the Warriors, Caden Easterling rushed for 151 yards and caught passes for 29 more yards, and Charlie Pierson accounted for 77 ground yards.
Riverside (4-3) faces a big Mountain State Athletic Conference matchup at home Friday against George Washington (4-3). The Patriots captured a 39-36 win on a last-second field goal over the Warriors a year ago.
“Last year was a huge game for us, and we expect another close one,” said Daugherty.
Following the GW outing, Riverside closes out its regular season with a road game at Capital and a home encounter with Greenbrier East.
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SC (2-5): 6 10 17 0 — 33
R (4-3): 0 16 14 6 — 36
SC: Mondrell Dean 10 run (kick failed), 6-0, 2:42
R: Mack Lusk 12 pass from Javante Elzy (Jacob Ball kick), 7-6, 10:57
SC: Romeo Dunham 3 run (Chase Edwards kick), 13-7, 7:54
R: Safety, Austin Chapman tackle, 13-9, 1:22
R: Elzy 3 run (Ball kick), 16-13, 0:25
SC: Edwards 28 field goal, 16-16
SC: Trey Dunn 19 run (Edwards kick), 23-16, 11:40
R: Griffin Key 3 run (Ball kick), 23-23, 6:52
SC: Dunham 65 pass from Dunn (Edwards kick), 30-23, 6:42
R: Key 11 run (Ball kick), 30-30, 4:39
SC: Edwards 25 field goal, 33-30, 0:56
R: Isaiah Osborne 27 pass from Elzy (kick failed), 36-33, 0:25
RUSHING — SC: Mondrell Dean 12-75-1, Romeo Dunham 9-73-1, Trey Dunn 4-25-1, Samahji Simon 2-14, Joseph McAllister 1-(-2). R: Caden Easterling 27-151, Charlie Pierson 12-77, Javante Elzy 11-46-1, Griffin Key 9-43-2, Mack Lusk 1-4.
PASSING — SC: Dunn 9-17-0-207-1. R: Elzy 3-6-1-78-2.
RECEIVING — SC: Simon 5-117, Dunham 4-90-1. R: Easterling 3-29, Osborne 1-27-1, Lusk 1-12-1.