GARDNER – The River View Raiders led 20-0 after the initial quarter Friday evening and stretched that advantage to 26-0 in the second en route to a 42-20 victory over the host PikeView Panthers on Senior Night.
Sophomore Mikey Picklesimer rushed 13 times for 100 yards and one touchdown and added a second six-pointer on an 80 yard fumble recovery return before leaving the contest with an ankle injury.
Senior Austin Cooper took over the signal-calling chores and finished his evening’s work with 154 yards on 18 touches, along with a pair of TD runs, for the now 4-2 Raiders.
Senior Cody Vance and junior Wyatt Blankenship added a score apiece to the six touchdown Raider scoring, as River View rolled up 323 rushing yards on 47 attempts.
Blankenship started the scoring with a two yard run in the first, followed by a nine yard Picklesimer bell-ringer and capped off by Picklesimer’s scoop-and-score late in the frame.
Cooper’s eight yard rush for six pushed the View advantage to 26-0 before the pass-happy Panthers found the end zone.
Peyton Greer broke the ice with a 17 yard scoring catch from senior QB Tyler Meadows, who missed last week’s game at Mount View with an injury, before Meadows connected with Dylan Blake on a 26 yard TD pass to cut the Raider lead to 26-12 at intermission.
Meadows completed 17=of=29 aerial attempts for 201 yards and a final score to Blake from 11 yards away as the game clock ran down.
Cooper tacked on a 21 yard touchdown run in the third and Vance added a 3 yard run for six in the fourth for the Raiders.
The Raiders will be off this week before visiting Mount View on Election Eve next Monday.
PikeView, now 1-5, had its scheduled game this week with Nitro scrubbed due to the coronavirus Metrics Map.
RIVER VIEW 20 6 8 8 42
PIKEVIEW 0 12 0 8 20
RV Wyatt Blankenship 2 yd run (PAT run failed)
RV Mikey Picklesimer 9 yd run (Blankenship PAT run)
RV Picklesimer 80 yd fumble recovery return (PAT run failed)
RV Austin Cooper 8 yd run (PAT pass failed)
PV Peyton Greer 17 yd pass from Tyler Meadows (PAT run failed)
PV Dylan Blake 28 yd pass from Meadows (PAT pass failed)
RV Cooper 21 yd run (Cooper PAT run)
RV Cody Vance 3 yd run (Blankenship PAT pass from Conner Christian)
PV Blake 11 yd pass from Meadows (Meadows PAT run)