Joel Evans rushed for a record 419 yards and six touchdowns on just 12 carries as Riverside rallied for a win last Friday night at Claytons Cleveland High School.
Down 28-14 in the first half, Riverside (4-2) reeled off four straight touchdowns in a 63-49 victory that set school records for points and combined points by both teams.
Evanss 419 yards was the most ever recorded by a runner from a PAC-6 school, and it ranked in the top 20 all-time in an N.C. High School Athletics Association game. It topped the 363 yards rushing by Southern Sean Parker in 1986 against South Johnston. Evans scored touchdowns on runs of 66, 36, 43, 81, 67 and 56 yards.
That was the best individual performance Ive seen at Riverside personally, and I venture to say thats the best individual performance ever in school history, said David Hackney, whos worked with the Pirates since 2001 as an assistant and the head coach.
Even with all of Riversides offensive fireworks, Cleveland was able to tie the game at 42-42 on Issac Martins 2-yard run late in the third quarter.
We are by no means satisfied, even with four wins, Hackney said. We still havent played a complete game. Like every coach, I want to see us our offense and defense click on the same night.
Dionte Strothers gave Riverside the lead for good with a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter his second touchdown of the second half and Darryl Smith added some insurance with his 23-yard interception return for a touchdown and a 56-42 Pirate lead.
Riverside, like every PAC-6 team, has an open date this week in anticipation of the conferences first games on Oct. 11.
Well spend this week just reviewing film, letting our injured guys heal up and working on fundamentals, Hackney said. We want to get back to basics and get ready for our second season. The conference season is the one that will determine where we get seeded in the state playoffs.
In other games last Friday involving PAC-6 teams, Hillside went on the road to shut out Nash Central 40-0, Northern fell 46-7 at home to Greensboro Dudley, Jordan lost at undefeated Pinecrest 55-7. Also, Person beat 2A Bartlett Yancey 51-28 in Roxboro, and East Chapel Hill fell 28-7 at Jamestown Ragsdale.
In its first Carolina-8 Conference game, Southern Durham crushed Northern Vance 62-6 in Henderson.
Southern (3-2) scored on its opening possession and never looked back as the Spartans won their second straight. They led 28-0 after one quarter and 42-6 at halftime. Southern QB Kendall Hinton and wideout Maurice Trowell were a handful for the (0-5) Vikings.
They have great athletes, and theyre strong, Viking coach Eric Watkins told the Henderson Dispatch. Hinton can run or pass. And that receiver is everything they say he is.
Against winless Nash Central (0-6), Nas Forté-Ferguson completed 11 of 20 passes for 209 yards and five touchdowns to help Hillside (3-2) snap a two-game losing skid. Trevion Thompson caught passes of 45 and 11 yards for scores; others TD passes went to DeAndre Harper (32 yards), Donté Thomas-Williams (15) and Mile Kelly (21).
Kalen McCain provided a highlight for the Hillside defenses shutout with his 33-yard interception return for a touchdown.
In Southern Pines, Jordan (1-5) won the pre-game coin toss and little else as Pinecrest (6-0) scored at least 55 points for the third week in a row. Pinecrest led 26-0 before Jordan scored a TD late in the second quarter.
AP voters have continued to dis the Patriots, leaving them out of the 4A top 10 poll, while ranking Southeastern Conference rivals Scotland County (5-0) and Richmond County (5-1) No. 2 and No. 7 respectively.
At Durham County Memorial Stadium, Dudley (5-0) hit Knight running backs 16 times for lost yardage, helping the Panthers lead 34-0 before Zaaqhai Mann scored the lone TD for Northern (0-6) on a 3-yard run.
Dudley quarterback Emmanuel Mosely was deathly accurate, completing 6-of-7 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran in one TD himself from 40 yards out.