BRADSHAW – The River View Raiders exploded for 44 points offensively, while rolling up 583 total yards, Saturday afternoon to capture a 44-38 victory over the visiting Richwood Lumberjacks at Mitch Estep Field.
The Raiders trailed 32-22 entering the final dozen minutes, but outscored their guests 22-6 in that final frame to win their fifth game of the season and clinch the first winning record for River View since 2012, the third year of existence for the Bradshaw-based high school.
Third year head coach George Kennedy was just as pleased with his team’s defense in making stop-after-stop to secure the victory in the offensive shootout.
The Lumberjacks conclude their season 3-7.
Senior Austin Cooper paced the View offense, rushing 21 times for 145 yards and three scores, while fellow senior Hunter Ritchie and sophomore Josh Proffitt netted 78 rushing yards each.
Junior Daniel Dobbs paced the receiving corps with three catches for 62 yards, followed by Proffitt’s two grabs for 51 yards and one TD.
On the flip side of the football, senior nose guard Tim Crabtree was a stalwart with 13 tackles, including a pair for loss.
The junior combo of Conner Christian-to- Wyatt Blankenship combined for a 15 yard TD pass in the first to put the Raiders on the scoreboard, followed by a Cooper-to-Chase Porter conversion toss.
Senior Hunter Ritchie added a 25 yard TD scamper in the second, followed by a repeat pass of the opening score for the extra points for the View.
Cooper added a scoring dash in the third, but Richwood still led 32-22 heading into the final stanza.
Sophomore Proffitt opened the scoring in the fourth, making a circus catch of a Ritchie aerial for six.
Cooper’s scoring dash, followed by a Ritchie-to-Blankenship PAT pass, gave River View its first lead of the game since the Raiders led 8-7 early in the opening chapter.
A final Cooper six-pointer, capped by a Christian conversion pass to Blankenship produced to final 44-38 victory.
The win gave a final exclamation point to the 2020 season for the Raiders.