Pirate gridders encounter some turbulence

Jamari Moultrie had big games in victories over Huron and Flat Rock. The running back rushed for 192 yards against the Rams and 176 yards against the Chiefs. He scored three touchdowns in the two games. Photo by Larry Caruso.

Hank Minckiewicz

After winning its first three games in impressive fashion, the Riverview football team has run into a little trouble recently.

Playing against two of the better team in the Huron League, the Riverview offense sputtered and the Bucs lost first to second-place Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central and then – on homecoming night – to league-leading Milan.

The Bucs were beaten 33-8 by the Big Reds on a rainy night that placed a premium of running the ball, usually a Riverview forte.

But on this night, it was Milan that controlled the contest, running up 330 total yards, virtually all of it on the ground.

Riverview had a tough time gaining any traction against the tough Big Red defense, which had seven tackles for a loss against the usually potent Bucs

Monroe SMCC 33, Riverview 16

Riverview managed just 16 points in its loss to Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central.

Those points came on big plays – a 91-yard pass interception return by Austin Poe and a 56-yard touchdown run by Jacob Puma. Puma finished the game with 79 rushing yards.

Riverview 24, Flat Rock 6

Behind the running of Jamari Moultrie, Riverview rolled past Flat Rock.

Playing on a muddy field, Moultrie gained 192 yards on 26 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns. Jacob Puma scored the other Riverview touchdown as the Bucs rolled up 313 rushing yards.

Defensively, Austin Poe and Preston Thompson each had pass interceptions.

Riverview 28, Huron 0

Jamarie Moultrie led the way to the shutout victory with 176 yards on 12 rushes, including a 76-yard sprint to set up his three-yard touchdown run.

Kenny Hightower, who rushed for 51 yards in the game, scored a touchdown on a two-yard run and Ben Johnson scored on a 35-yard run up the middle. He finished the night with more than 80 rushing yards.

Riverview’s defense held Huron to a shade over 100 yards passing and chased the Chiefs starting quarterback from the game with a pair of interceptions.

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