GREENVILLE — Harrison Schaefer rushed for 287 yards and four touchdowns to lead Riverheads to a 41-26 win over Covington on a cool Friday evening at Riverheads High School.
The Gladiators led by just two, 20-18, at the break but used their patented ball control offense in the second half en route to the victory.
Riverheads opened the scoring on its second possession when Schaefer burst up the middle and went 26 yards for a score and a 7-0 Gladiator lead at 4:21 of the first. The Cougars came right back on their next possession moving into Gladiator territory where Tyler Dressler swept around the left side for a 50 yard score that trimmed the lead to 7-6 at 1:37 of first period.
Covington then scored twice thanks to a pair of Gladiator fumbles. De’Andre Heighter scooped up a fumble and raced 42 yards for a score and the Cougars led 12-7 with 18 seconds left in the first.
On the next possession, a Riverheads fumble popped right into the hands of Dressler and he ran 33 yards for a score that put Covington on top 18-7 just 34 seconds into the second period. The Gladiators then put together a nice drive and went 72 yards for a score that came on Schaefer’s 5-yard run that made it 18-14 at 7:25 of second quarter.
Riverheads put together an impressive drive late in the second quarter and Schaefer scored on a 1-yard run with 43 seconds left in the half and Riverheads took a 20-18 lead into the break.
Schaefer scored on a 36-yard run in the third to put Riverheads up 27-18 midway through the period. Dressler scored Covington’s final TD on a 2-yard run to make it 27-26 with 1:00 to go in the third. The Gladiators got two scores in the fourth, a 1-yard run by Cameron Lee and Chase Armstrong’s 2-yard run to help Riverheads pull away.
In addition to Schaefer’s big night, the Gladiators got 71 yards rushing from Dalton Jordan and 43 yards by Brett Hostetler. Ridge Stokes caught two passes for 18 yards for Riverheads. Dressler paced the Cougars with 99 yards rushing.
Riverheads heads into an open week at 2-0 while Covington falls to 0-2.
COVINGTON 12 6 8 0 — 26
RIVERHEADS 7 13 7 14 — 41
R – Schaeffer 26-yard run (Martina kick)
C – Dressler 50-yard run (kick failed)
C – Heighter 42-yard fumble return (pass failed)
C – Dressler 33-yard fumble return (pass failed)
R – Schaefer 5-yard run (Martina kick)
R- Schaefer 1-yard run (kick failed)
R – Schaefer 36-yard run (Martina kick)
C – Dressler 2-yard run (Moore pass from Dressler)
R – Lee 1-yard run (Martina kick)
R – Armstrong 2-yard run (Martina kick)