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Leechburg tops Riverview, 31-22

| Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, 11:45 p.m.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Leechburg's Alex Kalmar comes out of the pile as he breaks tackles of the Riverview defense at Leechburg Veterans Memorial Field on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Leechburg's Alex Kalmar runs behind his blocks against the Riverview defense Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at the Leechburg Veterans Memorial Field in Leechburg.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Leechburg's Kris Smith, left, folows his blocks against Riverview during Friday night action at the Leechburg Veterans Memorial Field in Leechburg, October 11, 2013.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Riverview's Keir Barber running back a kickoff in the 2nd half during Friday night action at the Leechburg Veterans Memorial Field in Leechburg, October 11, 2013.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Leechburg's Kristopher Smith, left, looks to put a move on Riverview's Dillon Provenza during Friday night action at the Leechburg Veterans Memorial Field in Leechburg, October 11, 2013.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Riverview's Redman Ke'Montae, right, uses a stiff arm to avoid the tackle of Leechburg's Shon Seibert-Reed during Friday night action at the Leechburg Veterans Memorial Field in Leechburg, October 11, 2013.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Leechburg's Alexander Kalmar, right, breaks tackles of the Riverview defense and spins for extra yards during Friday night action at the Leechburg Veterans Memorial Field in Leechburg, October 11, 2013.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Riverview's Raymar McCombs, left, uses a stiff arm and a leap rtying to avoid the tackles of the Leechburg defense during Friday night action at the Leechburg Veterans Memorial Field in Leechburg, October 11, 2013.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Leechburg's Kris Smith, center, breaks tackles against Riverview during Friday night action at the Leechburg Veterans Memorial Field in Leechburg, October 11, 2013.

A victory last week raised Leechburg's confidence to a level rarely enjoyed by the Blue Devils this season.

That energy failed to fade for Leechburg, which secured a 31-22 win over Eastern Conference foe Riverview Friday at Veterans Memorial Field.

“I'm just really proud of our boys. For the second week in a row, they've got confidence,” Leechburg coach Mark George said.

Last week, Leechburg (2-5, 2-4) captured its first victory of the season, 35-14, over Northgate.

This week, the Blue Devils relied on senior running backs Alex Kalmar and Kris Smith. Kalmar amassed 171 yards on 31 carries. He scored twice. Smith had 170 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns.

“They still had fresh legs. They just kept pounding and pounding,” George said

Smith's 4-yard touchdown run gave Leechburg the lead for good, 24-22, with 9:03 left in fourth quarter. Kalmar added insurance with a 6-yard score.

“We went down in the third quarter, and they didn't give up,” George said.

Riverview scored first on a 1-yard run by senior quarterback Zach Hanus with just 53 seconds left in the first quarter. Leechburg tied the score 6-6 on a 2-yard run by junior Luke Camp.

The Blue Devils took the lead 12-6 on Kalmar's first TD with 2:24 before the half.

“We came out in the first half and just didn't play very well,” Riverview coach Todd Massack said. “We regrouped in the second half. We told them we need to go out and play better in the second half. We needed to block better and tackle better. I thought we did that and played better in the second half.”

Riverview (1-6, 1-5) surrendered another touchdown on the half's opening kickoff, a 74-yard return by Smith for an 18-6 lead.

The Raiders needed three plays to cut the lead. Junior running back Kier Barber scored from 4 yards.

Riverview forced a three-and-out, and then Barber went 80 yards on a third-and-5 to snatch the lead at 22-18. Barber finished with 178 yards on 18 carries.

“Every week, he gets better and better,” Massack said “He just has that natural ability to cut back and make big plays. He has deceiving speed. When he gets into the open, he's tough to catch.”

Dave Yohe is a freelance writer.

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