Union County vs Riverside
By: Chris Rasmussen
Sports Editor - Union Daily Times
Union County kept the ball on the ground and handed Riverside a
21-14 loss Friday night in front of a homecoming crowd at Union County Stadium.
"It was a hard-fought victory and a nice win for our kids," coach David Lipsey said.
The Yellow Jackets move to 2-0 in the region and 4-3 overall.
The start of the game didnít look so good for Union County allowing Riverside a quick touchdown off a reverse pass play with 10:56 left to go in the first quarter.
Things went downhill from there when the Yellow Jackets fumbled the ball on their 12-yard line. Torre Rossano ran the ball in the endzone to help lead Riverside 14-0 with 9:28 left in the first quarter.
Union County brushed themselves off, and apparently the cobwebs as well, putting together a long, 12-play drive from their 25-yard line. Michael Mebane run the ball in from the 10-yard line to help close in on Riverside, 14-7.
Riverside just couldnít get their offense together for the rest of the first half, allowing the Yellow Jackets time to drive down the field one more time, setting up Mebane a 20-yard touchdown run. The score was 14-14 with 11:13 left in the first half.
Union Countyís defense emerged with two consecutive sacks, forcing Riverside to punt the ball once again.
The Yellow Jackets opened the second half with a 15-play drive, setting up Mebane for his third touchdown run and lifting Union County 21-7 over Riverside with 4:59 left in the third quarter.
Most of the fourth quarter was spent trading punts between the two teams. Riverside, however, began to show signs of life late in the game, driving the ball down to Union Countyís 25-yard line with 1:16 left in the game.
Yellow Jacket Jordan Sims put an end to their drive when he intercepted the ball with 50 seconds left to play and leaving Union County Stadium in a frenzy.
"We put someone else behind us tonight," Lipsey said. "We got to continue doing that. I told them we needed five championship Friday nights, and so far we have had two."
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