Riverfield Academy coach Boyd Cole had to revamp most of his offensive talent this offseason due to the graduation of quarterback Tristan Oswald and wide receiver Marc Simmons as well as four offensive linemen.
Riverfield showed flashes of good things and some bad during the jamboree Friday as they tied Pelahatchie (Mississippi) 14-14 and outscored new Mississippi Association of Independent Schools member St. Aloysius, 12-7.
“We competed and that was the main thing,” Cole said. “We went up against two big, well coached teams. I was worried going in because I thought we had some bad practices last week. We were tired of hitting on each other. But, I was pleased. We had no turnovers and it was a good experience.”
First-year starting quarterback Joseph “JoJo” Morris completed 7 of 12 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns on the evening.
“We will be good if we keep building each week,” Cole said. “This group has nothing to prove compared to last season. Our kids just need to keep setting their own standard.”
Riverfield begins this regular season this Friday, August 20 at home against Bayou Academy.
“We are expecting a war this week,” Cole said. “We didn’t tackle very well (in the jamboree). We were in position a lot of the time, but we didn’t wrap up and they got loose.”
Northeast Baptist rolls in season opener
The Northeast Baptist Knights rolled to a 52-30 victory over Unity Christian in the season opener for both Association of Christian Educators of Louisiana 8-man football season on Friday at Riser Middle School.
Quarterback T.J. Roberts rushed for 217 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries while also completing 14 of 34 passes for 201 yards and one score.
The Knights had a pair of wide receivers make five catches each. Running back Logan Eubanks added 79 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries as well as 82 yards and a touchdown on five receptions. Parker Ballinger made five catches for 100 yards.
“We came out really slow, but then everybody was clicking,” Northeast Baptist coach Tyler Albritton said.
The NBS defense gave up some points, but were quick to the ball most of the night led by Noah Landry totaling 13 tackles and Carter McManus with 11 tackles.
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