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Efficient Avonworth tops Riverview

| Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, 1:24 a.m.

Riverview couldn't get its offense in motion Friday in a 44-6 Eastern Conference loss to Avonworth.

The No. 9 Antelopes held the Raiders (0-2, 0-2) to just 98 yards.

“Avonworth is a great football team and they did a lot of great things,” Raiders coach Todd Massack said. “I told our guys not to be proud of the scoreboard but to be proud of the way they played. We battled the whole time; we just couldn't overcome the field position.”

The Antelopes (2-0, 1-0) started on the Riverview side of the field on four of their five touchdown drives.

The scoring began when Antelopes kicker Cole Pappas booted a 28-yard field goal. On the next play from scrimmage, Riverview fumbled. It only took the Antelopes three plays to find the end zone.

Quarterback Matt Donovan eluded two defenders in the backfield and fired a pass to a wide-open Brad Mankey for a 27-yard score to make the game 10-0.

Riverview went three-and-out, giving the Antelopes the ball back at the Raiders' 49. Luke Bauer capped a seven-play drive, scoring from 1 yard out to make it 17-0.

Bauer led all rushers with 69 yards on 17 carries.

No one scored in the second quarter, as both defenses were stellar. Riverview only gave up 136 yards in the half.

“We gave them too many short fields,” Massack said. “You can't do that against a good team.”

Riverview fumbled on the opening play of the second half and, again, the Antelopes capitalized. Donovan ended a seven-play drive by hitting Dalton Day for a 1-yard score.

Donovan, who was 7 of 17 for 100 yards, hit Jamal Hughley for a 40-yard score on the Antelopes' next play from scrimmage.

Riverview's lone score came on a Tyler Nigro quarterback keeper from 25 yards out.

“Riverview played us tough up front,” Avonworth coach Duke Johncour said. “We were just able to capitalize on their turnovers and play good, hard defense.”

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