WAYNESBORO — It is tough enough to face Riverheads when it has one week to prepare.
Waynesboro had the unfortunate task of facing the Gladiators after they had two weeks to get ready, and the result was a convincing 48-7 victory for Riverheads.
The offense added a new wrinkle to the dominating Wing-T attack, showing some single-wing look. It all worked, as the Red Pride amassed 507 total yards.
“I thought our offensive line blocked well and the backs hit the hole and got up in there,” said Riverheads head coach Robert Casto. “The bye week kind of helped us and we took care of some little things here and there.”
On the defensive end, the Gladiators kept the Little Giants off the scoreboard until a 58-yard touchdown run by freshman backup quarterback Tyler Derozen in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Waynesboro had a couple of chances in the first half, but had a drop of a potential scoring pass in the opening period and a fumble at the Gladiators’ 1-yard line late in the second.
“Our kids did a pretty good job of running to the football,” said Casto. “Sometimes we’re not very fast getting there, but we try to.”
Even the special teams came up big. A pair of blocked punts in the first half set up short scoring drives.
It took less than a minute after the opening kick for the Gladiators to take control. On the third play from scrimmage, Harrison Schaefer raced 64 yards to paydirt to quickly make it 7-0.
A Tyler Smith interception 90 seconds later set up the next score. Schaefer used his second carry of the contest to produce his second TD. The 40-yarder gave Riverheads a 14-0 cushion with 8:11 left in the first quarter.
Quarterback Chase Armstrong would add a pair of touchdown runs, sandwiched around Schaefer’s third score, leaving the margin at 35-0 at the break.
The second half was not much different, with Riverheads scoring on each of its first two possessions. Brett Hostetler and Devin Morris each found the endzone as the Red Pride moved to 3-0 on the season.
After a less than dominating performance against Covington two weeks ago, Casto feels much better by the progress made over the past two weeks.
“I may be a perfectionist, but we’re getting there,” said the Riverheads coach. “We’re still a work in progress, but I think we’re getting better every week and our kids continue to work hard. That’s all I can ask of them.”
RIVERHEADS 21 14 7 6 — 48
WAYNESBORO 0 0 0 7 — 7
RIV – Schaefer 64 run (Martina kick)
RIV – Schaefer 40 run (Martina kick)
RIV – Armstrong 24 run (Martina kick)
RIV – Schaefer 9 run (Martina kick)
RIV – Armstrong 4 run (Martina kick)
RIV – Hostetler 4 run (Martina kick)
RIV – Morris 2 run (run failed)
WAY – Derozen 58 run (Wells kick)