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Riverview Eagles remain perfect

Football team defeats Pickens County

POSTED: September 8, 2009 4:45 p.m.
Pam Jacobs Dawson Community News/

Riverview head coach Mark Thomason talks with his quarterback, Jonah Martin.

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The Riverview Eagles defeated Pickens County Middle School16-13 last Thursday in Jasper.


With the win, Riverview remains perfect on the season with a 2-0 record.


The Eagles took the opening possession of the game and drove 65-yards for a touchdown.


Running back Gabe Cooper broke free on a 30-yard touchdown run. The extra point was good and Riverview took a 7-0 lead.


Pickens returned the favor going on a 60-yard drive of its own. The Dragon quarterback found the end zone on a 20-yard touchdown run. The extra point was successful tying the game at 7-7.


“Their quarterback ran all over us,” said Head Riverview Coach Mark Thomason.


Both teams seemed to settle down after the opening scores.


Riverview mounted a drive just before halftime, but fumbled at midfield with less than two minutes to go.


Pickens took the ball down to the 2-yard line as time ran out.


The Eagles picked up a safety to start the second half. Pickens snapped the ball over the punters head. The Dragon punter tried to run out of the end zone, but he was tackled by Eagles Jacob Lord and Cole Pugh. Riverview led 9-7.


Riverview took the ensuing kickoff down to the Pickens 5-yard line where they fumbled.


The Dragons took the lead 13-9 with three minutes left. The 2-point conversion was no good.


Drew Bishop took the kickoff on the 1-yard line and returned it 98-yards down to the Pickens 1-yard line.


Quarterback Jonah Martin scored on a sneak. The extra point was good giving Riverview a 16-7 victory.


“Drew worked his magic for the second week in a row and saved us,” said Thomason.


“Jonah Martin had a good day throwing and running, scoring one rushing touchdown. Gabe Cooper ran hard and led us in rushing yards and recorded a touchdown. Cole Pugh and Jacob Lord played well on defense.


“We looked terrible trying to tackle their quarterback. He will probably be one of the best players we see all year. I think we played well enough to win for the second straight week. I don’t like playing all of these close games, but it is good to see that we are finding ways to win. The difference in the last two weeks has been the play of our special teams unit,” said Thomason.


The defending Mountain League Champions will be back in action this Thursday, at home, against Jasper Middle School. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.


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