Three hundred fifty-one rushing yards, 128 passing yards, and 20 first downs.
With those statistics on offense, the Riverdale Warriors overwhelmed the host Smyrna Bulldogs 42-13 Friday night in both teams’ District 7-AAA openers.
“Hats off to them,” said Smyrna coach Matt Williams. “Riverdale’s a great football team, they’ve got a great program. Coach Aydelott’s done a good job there, and we were outmatched, no doubt.”
Riverdale (3-0, 1-0) controlled the game from the start. On their first possession, Warriors made it look easy, going 84 yards in 10 plays. Scottie Boykin scored on a one-yard run to end the drive and give the Warriors a 7-0 lead.
The Warriors went on and scored three touchdowns in the first quarter to put the game out of reach of the struggling Bulldogs, who fell to 0-3, 0-1 in district play.
Mariko Odom scored three touchdowns in the game for Riverdale, catching a 52-yard reception from Dillon Woodruff, and scoring on runs of three and one yard.
Woodruff had a perfect passing effort in the first half, for the second consecutive game. The Riverdale senior quarterback was 6-of-6 passing for 108 yards in the first half, and wound up 9-of-10 in the game with 128 yards. The only incompletion went right through the hands of the Riverdale receiver.
“We expect those things from him,” said Riverdale coach Ron Aydelott. “He puts the ball in the right spots. He’s our man.”
Riverdale senior running back Drako Little had 151 rushing yards to lead the Warriors, including a 51-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Smyrna surprised the Warriors with a fake punt on a fourth down at the end of the first quarter. Then on the first of the second quarter, quarterback Manny Woodard went deep and hit paydirt, connecting with Xavier Kynard for a 48-yard touchdown.
But on the ensuing extra point attempt, the Bulldogs couldn’t get their special teams unit on the field in time and were penalized for delay of game. They wound up missing the extra point attempt. These sort of mistakes have plagued the Bulldogs all season.
“We don’t do a lot to help ourselves out. We need to find a way to be more competitive,” said Williams. “We’ve got way too many personnel problems. We look uncoached at times, and that’s on me. We’ve got to do a better job of being ready for football games right now, that’s the bottom line.”
Later in the game, the Bulldogs’ Kyle Smith scooped up a fumble and went 93 yards into the end zone.