River Oaks football coach Robert Hannah was hoping to see some carry over from last week’s solid scrimmage performance on Friday night during the team’s Jamboree against Riverdale and Prairie View Academy.
It didn’t start out that way, but the Mustangs got better as the scrimmage wore on and picked up wins over Riverdale (14-6) and Prairie View (14-0).
“We didn’t start out very well, but Riverdale had a lot to do with that so you have to give them credit,” Hannah said. “Hopefully we grew up and realized regardless of who you line up against you better be ready to play.”
Quarterback Brendan Macgregor’s night began inauspiciously with an interception that Riverdale took all the way back for a pick-six. The senior made up for it though with an 88-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Taylor Tindall.
Macgregor combined for 200 yards passing and three touchdowns in both jamborees.
Junior running back Jacob Griggs showed off his hands with 62 yards receiving—including a 42-yard touchdown.
“Jacob really had himself a jamboree,” Hannah said. “He got lost some in all the people we put out there during the scrimmage but he did what we expected him to do.”
Hannah was surprised by how Riverdale ran the ball against his defense but he said most of that had to do with mistakes that could be corrected.
River Oaks opens the season next Friday night at Claiborne Academy in Haynesville.
Riverfield records two shutouts
Riverfield kicked off the Boyd Cole era with two wins in its Jamboree games, beating Riverdale 14-0 and Claiborne Academy 19-0.
Senior quarterback Tristan Oswald tossed two touchdown passes on the night to senior receivers Brennan Morris and Marc Simmons.
Cole said Oswald is “tailor made” for his split-back veer offense, which he perfected at Sterlington coaching the offensive line for former coach Dell Ashley.
“You really have to pick your poison with us, are you going to stop my two wideouts or my big back (senior Clay Savage),” Cole said. “We’re still working our way into it but I think the kids have bought in to what we’re doing.”
Cole was happy with what he saw from a young defense that pitched two shutouts. “I think we’ve got two seniors that start on defense and the rest are sophomores and juniors,” Cole said. “We stayed in base defensively mainly because I want them to learn how to adjust to all these spread offenses.”
Cole also isn’t afraid to embrace big expectations in his first year as Riverfield’s head coach.
“When you talk about a state championship, people say you’re talking big but when I was coaching at Sterlington we expected to be a state champion and that’s the mentality we’re building here,” Cole said. “I’m excited about the season and so are the kids and the fans.”
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