Riverview caps season with victory
Don’t tell Riverview senior Brandon Seachrist that Week 10 nonplayoff games are meaningless.
Seachrist broke the Raiders’ record for receptions in season when he caught his 34th pass Wednesday night in a 20-7 victory at Serra Catholic. He also rushed for 150 yards, had 15 yards receiving and scored two touchdowns.
“Brandon’s a playmaker,” Raiders coach Todd Massack said. “He went out and ran hard tonight. We didn’t see anything with Serra’s defense that hinted we could run the ball like that. He just played well.”
The Raiders (6-4), who finished fifth in the Eastern Conference, controlled the game by forcing the Eagles to make mistakes. Riverview forced two interceptions and two fumbles, and cashed the turnovers in for 14 points.
Stephen Leech helped set up the Raiders’ first touchdown when he recovered a Brett Delo fumble. Seachrist scored on a 25-yard touchdown run on the next play, giving the Raiders a 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, the Raiders stopped the Eagles (3-7) on downs at the Raiders’ 33. They went 57 yards on the ensuing possession, and Seachrist capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown with 1:41 remaining to extend the lead to 13-0.
“We were playing our back-up quarterback, Mark Matta,” Serra coach Jamie Eckels said. “So we were looking to run the triple option tonight. He was nervous at the beginning, but got himself together by the end.”
Serra controlled the ball for eight minutes in the third quarter but couldn’t score. The Eagles cut the lead to 13-7 in the fourth quarter when Delo scored on a 1-yard run.
After forcing the Raiders to punt on their next drive, the Eagles had the ball on their own 30-yard line with 5:17 remaining. Three plays later, Jerritt Young sealed the game for the Raiders when he intercepted Matta’s pass and returned it 26 yards to the Eagles’ 19.
Jacob Milberger scored five plays later, extending the Raiders lead to 20-7 with 1:08 remaining.
Massack said despite the Raiders’ struggles in the second half, he was pleased with their performance.
“It feels good to get the win tonight,” Massack said. “A lot of teams play these Week 10 games to try and get younger players experience. But we weren’t doing that. We were playing to win the game.”