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Eagles destroy Union County
Qualify for championship game
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Riverview Middle School Head Football Coach Mark Thomason gives his team instructions. Riverview qualified for the championship game with a 38-7 win over Union County Middle School last week. - photo by Photo/Pam Jacobs

The Riverview Middle School Eagles moved to 5-0 on the season with a 38-7 victory over visiting Union County Middle School last Thursday.



With the win, Riverview Middle School Head Football Coach Mark Thomason’s team qualified for the Mountain League Championship game.



The team’s opponent in the game will be Clear Creek, but a date hasn’t been decided.



Things didn’t start well for Riverview. Union scored on its opening possession with a touchdown and extra point to take a 7-0 lead early.



The Eagle players were slapped awake by the touchdown by the Panthers. Union didn’t threaten to score the rest of the afternoon.



Riverview took the ensuing kickoff and went on a drive of its own. On fourth and goal from the 3-yard line, quarterback Tyler Dominy hit tight end Scotty Zadernak for the touchdown.



The Eagle defense stepped up on Union’s next offensive set of downs. On fourth down the Panthers lined up for a punt, but it was blocked by the Eagles.



Eagle running back Bruce Clark broke loose on a long run. Clark crossed the goal line to give Riverview the lead.



Dominy passed to Zadernak again for the 2-point conversion that gave Riverview a 14-0 lead.



Clark scored three touchdowns on the day for the Eagles and had over 150 yards rushing.



Union turned the ball over on downs to the Eagles on the team’s next offensive series.



The Eagles capitalized on Clark’s second touchdown run from 15-yards out. This time, Dominy found Koby Rogers for the 2-point conversion.



Riverview held a commanding 22-7 lead at halftime.



Clark added his third touchdown with a 10-yard run in the second half, extending the lead to 30-7.



Eagle Jacob Richmond got a defensive lineman’s dream when he tipped a pass and got an interception.



The Panther turnover set up Riverview’s last score of the game.



Cole Knight broke away on a 30-yard touchdown run.



Dominy connected with Josh Scaife for the 2-point attempt, to make the final score 38-7.



Dominy was 8-for-8 passing for over 100 yards.



Defensively, Richmond and Zac Martin each had an interception.



Zadernak, Justin Sams and Evan Kells had two quarterback sacks each.



“We played a complete game,” Thomason said. “It was all Eagles after the first two minutes of the game.”



Riverview has one more regular season game. The Eagles will play host to Gilmer County tomorrow. Kick-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.