Everyone expected that the Riverside Military Academy Eagles would showcase their quickness and speed when they played the Briarwood Academy Buccaneers last week. However, no one ever expected the show that Eagle Carl Robinson would display.
Tabbed as a miniature Barry Sanders, Robinson galloped for 212 yards on 20 carries and scored one touchdown to propel his team to a 34-0 rout over Briarwood last Friday night at the Buccaneer field. His teammate, Reggie Robinson, also broke the triple-digit mark by rushing 10 times for 109 yards and scored two touchdowns.
Briarwood's Joseph Batrous grabs a Riverside runner.
As a team, the Riverside Eagles amassed a total of 437 yards of offense, compared to 93 yards of total offense for the Buccaneers of Briarwood.
Buccaneer Head Coach Jimmy Barnett said the game was what he expected from the Class AAA powerhouse.
"First of all, their great speed was there to haunt us all night," he said. "However, we played them with all that we had. Secondly, their quickness played a major role in the outcome of this game."
The Eagles scored their first points on their second drive of the night on a beautiful 30-yard pass play from quarterback Tanner Shamblin to the 6'5" Broderick Stewart. Sean Green's PAT made the score 7-0 at the 6:20 mark of the first period.
After holding Briarwood to only a three-down sequence, the Eagles began another possession on their own 43 yard line following a Buccaneer punt. Following four straight carries from speedster Carl Robinson, Reggie Robinson then got the call and scored on a six yard touchdown run with 2:07 remaining to play in the first quarter. Green's extra point made the score 14-0.
The Buccaneer defense held the Eagles tight for the remainder of the first half and close to the entire third quarter, before C. Robinson galloped 48 yards down his sideline on a quick pitch from Shamblin to score Riverside's third touchdown of the night. The kick by Green was perfect, and the Eagles extended their lead to 21-0 with just 11 seconds left to play in the third period.
After forcing Briarwood to punt the ball following only three snaps, the Eagles began another scoring drive on the Briarwood 43 yard line. On the sixth play of the drive, the Eagles broke the plane of the goal line from the one yard line to give them a 27-0 advantage with 7:25 left to play in the game. The attempt for two points was no good.
The final Riverside points came with only 1:42 left to play in the game, when R. Robinson scampered 13 yards for a touchdown. Green's extra point made the score 34-0.
Offensively for Briarwood, Jeffrey Kent was the team's leading rusher with 48 yards on 11 carries. Burt Goolsby added 38 yards on 10 carries, while Tyler Wester gained 28 yards on six attempts.
"The one thing that hurt us the most was that we couldn't get our passing game operational," Coach Barnett said. "We ran some different stuff at them, and they were very well prepared."
The Buccaneers will take a break this week to start preparing for the heart of their region schedule and a great run during the second half of the 2004 season. Briarwood's next game will be on Friday night, October 8, in Sparta against the John Hancock Rebels.
"I might be the craziest coach in Georgia, but I am proud of our 2-4 record," Coach Barnett said. "We feel that we have made progress each week against these schools that are not in our region. We have a great base of young athletes, and we are ready for the meat of our region schedule to begin."