Riverside running backs Kaligah Murrell and Jordan Parker combined for 378 yards rushing to lead the Pirates to a 60-14 win over East Chapel Hill to end the PAC-6 regular season.
Despite the win, the Pirates are ineligible for the state playoffs due to a fight among players against Cedar Ridge earlier in the season. Both players had three players ejected for fighting or leaving the bench area during a fight, which is considered fighting as well. The Red Wolves were also declared ineligible.
Riverside gained 538 yards on the ground, while the defense held East Chapel Hill to 70 total.
The Wildcats needed just two plays into the game to go up 7-0 on senior tailback Derek Mahone’s 74-yard scamper.
But the Pirates came right back with a 10-play, 61-yard drive that culminated in junior running back Murrell skipping in from the 14.
Riverside (4-7, 2-4) added three more scores – an 11-yard run by Sysco Whitaker, a 15-yarder by Murrell and quarterback Cole Infinito’s 21-yard touchdown pass to Jakob Cabrera for a commanding 28-7 lead with 8:21 left in the first half.
East Chapel Hill caught a break with an interception with 2:50 left. The Wildcats moved 80 yards, helped along by a roughing the passer call, to close to 28-14 after a beautiful hook-and-lateral that wide receiver Brooks Walter took in for the final score of the half.
Leading by just two touchdowns at the half, Riverside killed any East Chapel Hill comeback attempt by scoring on its first three possessions in the third quarter to lead 47-14.
THREE TO KNOW
Jordan Parker, Riverside: Carried the ball 15 times for 199 yards and two TDs.
Kaligah Murrell, Riverside: Had 16 carries for 179 yards and three TDs
Derek Mahone, East Chapel Hill: His 74-yard TD run gave the Wildcats momentum early in the game.
BY THE NUMBERS
241: Rushing first-half yards by Riverside versus 60 for the Wildcats.
9: Different players who ran the ball for Riverside.
10: Total offensive yards by East Chapel Hill in the second half.