Riverside used a bruising running game to overpower host Chapel Hill 24-7 in their season openers Friday night.
Pirates coach Chris Howell used a two-quarterback system of junior Kamari Royster and senior Drew Gore for most of the first half to keep the defense guessing. Each had a touchdown and also played wide receiver.
Leading 14-7 at halftime, Riverside took its opening possession of the third quarter and went 70 yards in five plays to take a 21-7 lead and was never threatened in the second half.
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“We told them to continue fighting and do what they had done in the first half,” Riverside assistant coach Monty Owens said.
Three who mattered
Frank Adams, Riverside: The senior had 17 carries for 108 yards, many of them with two or three defenders hanging on.
“He had a great game,” Owens said. “He’s a great morale booster for the kids. He’s also a senior and that’s what seniors do.”
Kamari Royster, Riverside: After alternating with Gore in the first half, Royster took all of the snaps in the second half and finished the game 7 of 10 for 81 yards and a 35-yard touchdown.
Connor Stough, Chapel Hill: The senior quarterback’s absence because to a pulled hamstring deflated the Tigers offense. Caleb Colson and Alec Stough completed 9-of-19 passes for 64 yards and one TD.
By the numbers
0: Points allowed by Riverside’s defense in the second half.
15: Number of penalties by both teams in the first quarter.
47: Minutes it took the first quarter to end.
-18: The total yards rushing by Chapel Hill, including a minus-9 yards in the first half.
5: Turnovers by Riverside (four fumbles and an interception).