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Eagle Alan Sanchez runs a sweep against Pickens County Middle on Thursday. - photo by Pam Jacobs Dawson Community News

Threatening skies tormented the Riverview Middle School football team Sept. 22 in the team's final regular season game with visiting Pickens County Middle.

After two quarters of play, administrators and game officials decided to call the game due to lightning.

Both teams decided to play the game over from the beginning Sept. 26 in Dawsonville.

It has been a long year for both squads this season. The Dragons and Eagles have yet to win a game and are both 0-4.

Pickens got its first lead of the year on a 70-yard scamper for a touchdown last week. The two-point conversion was good and the Dragons led 8-0.

Riverview answered with a little trickery. The Eagles drove to Pickens' 20-yard line behind the running of Mateo Fritz and Alan Sanchez. On a second and eleven play, seventh grade quarterback Hunter Ramey pitched the ball back to Sanchez. The Dragon defense thought it was going to be another running play but Sanchez passed the ball to a wide open Ty Anglin for a touchdown.

Ramey was playing in place of hurt starting quarterback Tyler Butler. Butler broke his arm in a recent game at Fannin County.

The two-point conversion was good on a pass from Ramey to Fritz. The score was tied 8-8.

Riverview Coach Mark Thomason pulled some more tricks out of his hat.

On the ensuing kickoff the Eagles tried an onside kick. Riverview kicker Jake Alvardo kicked the ball just right and teammate Christian Seay pounced on the loose ball, giving it back to Riverview.

Seay had a great game. He recovered a fumble on defense in the first quarter and made several big tackles.

Unfortunately, the Eagles couldn't do anything with the ball and had to punt back to Pickens.

The Dragons took the ball down to the Eagle 7-yard line before time ran out for halftime.

"I thought Hunter did a great job at quarterback in his first start," Thomason said. "Mateo and Alan ran the ball hard. We controlled the ball the entire first half and should have scored more points."

Thomason also praised the play of tight end Harrison Adams.

"Harrison did a great job blocking for Mateo and Alan this afternoon," he said.

"Overall I was happy with the way our guys played. We made one mental mistake on the long run by Pickens, but I thought we did great the rest of the half."

Pickens County Middle defeated the Eagles 20-14 in overtime Monday afternoon.