Bucs offense runs wild in season-opening win

HANK MINCKIEWICZ

The Riverview football team inaugurated its new state-of-the-art football field at Donald Lessner Stadium in high style on Thursday, Aug. 26.

The Pirates scored a near-school record of 64 points and thrashed non-league opponent Dearborn Divine Child 64-42. It was the third time in the past 50 years that Riverview surpassed 60 points in a game and it was the most the team has scored since it beat Flat Rock 71-7 in 2013.

Jacob Shupe scored four of Riverview’s nine touchdowns in the game – three rushing and one receiving. But there were heroes aplenty in the game for Riverview. 

Quarterback Preston Thompson, Reece Wakeman, Anthony Bowman, Jacob Shank and Gavin Blackwood all scored touchdowns for the Pirates.

Landon Kincaid intercepted a pass on Divine Child’s first drive and made a long return to set up Riverview’s first score, a 23-yard run by Wakeman. He later caught a 35-yard pass from Thompson to set up his team’s third touchdown, two-yard run by Shupe.

Cal Lockard has two pass interceptions, including one that featured a long return that set up the 24-yard Thompson-to-Shupe passing score.

Riverview trailed only briefly in the game. After going up 6-0 after its first possession, Riverview watched DC march downfield for the tying-score and the go-ahead extra-point.

That was the only lead of the night that the Falcons would enjoy. Two and a half minutes later, Riverview was back on top when Bowman scored on a short run. That TD was set up by a 46-yard gallop by Shank.

Later in the first half, Thompson scored on a 23-yard run, Shupe scored on a 24-yard run and Shupe scored on a 51-yard run.

Divine Child’s offense kept hitting back occasionally and it was 42-21 at halftime.

The Falcons scored 21 more points in the second half and they were close on other occasions, but the two interceptions by Lockhart proved to be crucial defensive stops.

Shupe’s touchdown reception and a two-point conversion brought the score to 50-21 and that’s the way the third quarter ended.

The final quarter was full of action as DC scored three times and Riverview twice. DC got so many chances to score on offense because its defense had almost no luck in stopping the Riverview offense.

It took one play, a 71-yard run by Shank for Riverview to score on its first possession of the fourth quarter, and two plays, including a 76-yard scoring run by Gavin Blackwood, on its second.

Riverview scored 22 second-half points and the Bucs ran just 13 plays. They ran just 33 plays in the entire game and gained 485 yards.

While Riverview scored on nine of its 12 possessions in the game and made the Divine Child defense look helpless at times, the Falcons, who possess a potent offense, gouged the Riverview defense numerous times, too. The 42 points surrendered by the Bucs was the most since a 48-26 playoff loss to Allen Park that ended the 2019 season.

“They’re very good and they can put points on the board and that’s what we wanted, we wanted to test ourselves because our Huron League schedule is very tough,” said Riverview coach Derek McLaughlin.

Riverview has now won 10 straight regular-season games and the Bucs are 33-9 dating back to 2017. They are 27-5 in regular-season games over that span. 

The Bucs beat Monroe Jefferson to open the Huron League season on Sept. 3 and they will face Huron in another league encounter on Sept.10.

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