#1 Riverside bolts past #2 St. Edward in six-man showdown


Challenge answered.
Two-time defending Nebraska Six-Man Football state champion and #1 ranked Riverside again proved its mastery of the state’s smallest division Friday with a 70-33 victory over #2 St. Edward at Spalding.
It marked the second straight game the Chargers reached the 70-point plateau against their area rival, having dispatched St. Edward 72-18 in the 2015 state title game.
Friday’s final score was not fully indicative of the pressure the Beavers put on Riverside, however.
St. Edward trailed 21-19 with just over six minutes remaining in the second quarter and 41-26 at halftime, then cut the deficit to 41-33 by scoring first in the second half.
That’s when champions step up, which Riverside did by rattling off 29 straight points to close the contest and earn its 21st consecutive victory. The Chargers are now 27-1 since the school was established in 2014.
“This was good for our kids to experience,” noted Riverside Coach Joe Imus after the game. “That’s the closest halftime (score) we have had since the playoffs in 2014. We were kind of in unfamiliar territory and one of our assistants brought up to them after the game that you have proved people can play with you now.
“Hopefully that wakes us up a little bit going forward.”

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