Wade Hampton hosts Riverside Friday, October 31, 2014 at Wade Hampton High School.
Riverside left Wade Hampton with more than a 17-7 victory Friday night.
For good measure, the Warriors carried along their first three-game winning streak and playoff berth in five years and fourth place in Region 2-AAAA.
“They persevere like crazy,” Riverside coach Phil Smith said of his Warriors, now 5-5 overall and 4-2 in the region. “I don’t know what happened. Back in the Spartanburg game, a light came on, and the kids kind of figured, ‘Hey, we can play in this region.’
“It’s unbelievable what they’ve done. I’m so happy for them and our coaching staff. We’ve put in a lot of hard work — I’m talking about the whole program — and obviously it’s paying off. I couldn’t be more excited for a group of young guys. To lock down fourth place in Region 2-AAAA and a playoff berth is unbelievable. Needless to say we’re excited.”
Riverside achieved its victory against Wade Hampton with a big defensive effort, a pair of Ryan Cerino touchdown passes to Will Urich and a 20-yard field goal by Antoine Kahaleh.
Kahaleh’s kick gave the Warriors a 3-0 lead in the first quarter. It was set up by the first of two interceptions by Jeremiah Bogan, and it was the only score of the first half.
Late in the third quarter, Cerino capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Urich. The big play on the drive was Cerino’s 29-yard pass to Mark Thompson.
The Generals (1-9, 1-5) scored early in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Josh Edwards that made it 10-7.
Riverside sealed the game when Cerino hit Urich on a slant pass for 20 yards and a touchdown with 2:23 remaining.
Cerino passed for 128 yards and rushed for 69.
Wade Hampton’s Jarvion Norman carried 21 times for 157 yards.