(Oakland) — Riverside soccer is flourishing because the postseason approaches, and they’ll get one other likelihood at success this Friday evening.
The Bulldogs (5-1 total, 2-1 A District 9) have rallied off three consecutive wins, together with on Friday evening once they rolled to a 35-14 takedown of Davis County in a thrown collectively matchup that was held in Leon.
“The largest factor is the chance to play,” Riverside head coach Darrell Frain instructed KMA Sports activities. “We went out of our solution to discover any individual to play. We thought we have been going to Gibbon, Nebraska, however that fell via. Davis County known as, and all of it labored out for us.”
Misplaced within the wackiness of the 2020 season is the truth that Coach Frain’s program is presently experiencing its greatest season in years. The 5 victories mark the primary time they’ve reached that win whole since 2013 and simply the second time since 2008.
“We’ve been getting higher and higher every sport,” Frain added. “We’re higher this week than final, and hopefully we are able to proceed to try this. The children are enthusiastic about it, and now they’re utilizing that as a result of they know we’re getting higher. It’s carrying over on the sector.”
Junior quarterback Austin Kremkoski has thrown for 887 yards, rushed for 296 and accounted for 18 whole offensive touchdowns. Junior operating again Rhett Bentley has additionally been a key piece with 636 yards and 6 scores on the bottom. And senior receiver Brogan Allensworth is one in all 4 gamers with at the least 115 yards receiving, main the crew with 15 grabs for 307 yards and a team-best 5 touchdowns.
On protection, senior defensive finish Eddie Vlcek leads the way in which with 35.zero tackles, 25 solos, 10.zero tackles for loss and four.5 sacks. Sophomore defensive deal with Nathan Messerschmidt (7.zero TFL) and senior linebacker Caden Manzer (6.5 TFL) have additionally been key parts for a protection that ranks fourth in Class A with simply 10.eight factors allowed per sport.
“We simply present up and care for enterprise,” Frain mentioned in alluding to their most up-to-date win. Nonetheless, that may very well be a microcosm of your complete season. “We do the issues we’re imagined to do,” he added. “All people is skilled about it.”
One other win on Friday evening towards Southwest Valley (6-1, Three-1) would give the Bulldogs their first four-game win streak since they have been 7-2 within the 2004 season. That, nonetheless, figures to be a lot simpler mentioned than performed.
“Defensively, they play so quick,” Frain mentioned of the Timberwolves. “They’re all getting after it. They play onerous, and so they create so many issues up entrance. Their linebackers are powerful, defensively.”
The Southwest Valley protection has been throughout opponent’s backfields this season. They rank first in Class A with 23.5 sacks and second — behind Riverside — with 61.5 tackles for loss. Senior Tucker TePoel leads the crew with 16.5 TFLs whereas classmate Kaden Jacobs has 11.5 and junior Cade Myers has tallied 10.5.
On offense, junior quarterback Brendan Knapp has had a pleasant 12 months with 528 yards passing, 771 yards dashing and 17 whole offensive scores.
“They attempt to bull you over,” Frain mentioned. “The previous few weeks, they’ve been throwing slightly extra. They create all types of issues for us.”
Frain hopes his crew will keep away from turnovers and create lengthy drives towards the Timberwolves on Friday night.
“We (want) to regulate the ball slightly bit, possibly have a giant play right here and there, preserve the ball out of their fingers and care for it,” Frain mentioned. “We’ve obtained ourselves in bother early this 12 months with some turnovers, but when we care for the ball, management the ball and fly round on protection, we’ll have a shot.”
Jake Gillespie may have stories on Friday evening from Oakland in an vital A-9 matchup. Hear his stories on the Purple Oak Chrysler Soccer Connection Present, which runs on AM 960 and FM 99.1 from 7:10 to 9:30.
Hearken to the whole interview with Coach Frain beneath.