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Football preview: Riverview

Sharks believe in running game
One thing you can be sure of when you play Riverview is they are going to run the ball. And run the ball. And if you are expecting them to pass, they will probably run the ball some more. The Sharks operate an option attack that will highlight halfback Kimo Vereen and fullback Freddy McCoy.
Even if the Sharks fall behind, head coach Mike Thornton doesn’t stray from the option.
“Just because you run the ball doesn’t mean you can’t score quickly,” Thornton said.
Riverview is looking at two potential candidates at quarterback to lead the option, Keisean Young and Isaiah Alexander. Whoever winds up being the full-time starter, Thornton is looking to add some explosiveness to the offense.
“Our kids are getting smarter about running the option,” Thornton said. “Athleticism is important. We are looking for that dynamic athlete and that dynamic player.”
Bend don’t break
On defense, the Sharks share a lot of the core principles they have on offense. Thornton said his team is OK with giving up 3 or 4 yards here and there. The main goal for Riverview is to avoid the big play.
“We have a gap control defense. Bend but don’t break. We make sure (the opposing offense is) earning what they get,” Thornton said. “Our defense mirrors our offense philosophy. Force other team into being disciplined. We want to shorten the game. We won’t sell out to make risky moves.”
Riverview went 2-8 last season, but had opportunities to win some other games. Thornton said his approach this season isn’t so much on wins and losses, but to get better as team.
“Our philosophy doesn’t change,” Thornton said. “We are going to improve things we can control like improve on protecting the football.
“Turnovers were the difference between 2-8 and 5-5.”
The Sharks will need to protect the football in order to compete in the tough 8A-Distirct 6 that features Plant, Newsome, Alonso, Wharton and Bloomingdale. Thronton said that no matter the opponent, his team will have a set of goals they will look to accomplish.
“Our expectations are always to execute and execute at the highest level possible,” Thornton said. “Execution is very objective. When you (play the game) and see the outcome, they understand why it happened.
We are very much goal oriented.”
Tough district
The Sharks move up a classification this season and will have to contend with Plant, Wharton, Newsome, Alosno and Bloomingdale in Class 8A-District 6. To make matters worse, the Newsome, Alonso and Wharton games are on the road.
Sept. 6: East Bay
Sept. 12: Brandon
Sept. 20: at Wharton
Sept. 27: at Middleton
Oct. 4: Plant
Oct. 11: at Strawberry Crest
Oct. 18: Bloomingdale
Oct. 25: at Alonso
Nov. 1: at Newsome
Nov. 8: Freedom
No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
2 Isaiah Alexander QB 5-9 138 So.
3 Cedrick Sanders RB 5-9 162 Jr.
4 Keisean Young QB 5-11 160 Jr.
6 Lee Bell QB 5-8 140 So.
8 Quon Lambert RB 5-7 138 So.
9 Robert Negrete DB 5-8 138 So.
10 Chase Freeman QB 5-10 210 Sr.
11 Marizce Poole DB 6-0 158 Sr.
12 Zachary Joslin QB 5-10 174 Jr.
14 Jontae Johnson OL 6-1 211 So.
16 Jesse Stillwell LB 5-11 155 Jr.
19 Logan Houlder DL 6-1 173 Sr.
20 Jaylin Vereen RB 6-1 205 Sr.
21 Kendall Carolina DB 5-10 150 Sr.
22 Gaej Walker RB 5-10 160 So.
23 Antonio Evans LB 6-0 155 So.
24 Davahn Brown DB 6-1 150 Sr.
26 Charles Cooper DB 5-6 133 Jr.
27 Javon Wilson DB 5-6 183 Sr.
28 Ryan Pipher DL 6-0 183 So.
33 Fred Mccoy RB 5-9 196 So.
35 Dustin Albritton DL 6-0 195 Sr.
36 Anthony Gonnella DL 6-1 174 So.
40 Cameron Lewis LB 6-0 166 So.
42 Cory Jones LB 5-10 179 So.
44 Kyle Peacock RB 5-11 180 So.
45 Jeff Shapiro LB 6-1 186 Sr.
50 Mason Washington LB 5-11 204 So.
52 Reginald Desronvil OL 5-10 245 Jr.
54 Jonathan Jackson OL 5-10 201 Jr.
55 Arlyn Grace DL 5-8 252 Sr.
57 Jacob Russo OL 6-2 211 Sr.
58 Josh Huggins LB 5-10 198 Jr.
63 Daniel Lopez OL 5-11 235 So.
73 Jermaine Lewis DL 6-0 177 So.
74 Kasey Cook LB 5-9 169 So.
75 Israel Evans DL 6-5 244 Sr.
76 Hal Roberson OL 6-2 297 Jr.
77 Juwuan Livingston OL 6-2 248 Jr.
78 Robert Osbourne OL 6-5 278 Sr.
79 Angel Lopez OL 5-9 258 Jr.
80 Chance Ware RB 5-9 135 Jr.
81 Brandon Stage K 6-1 183 Sr.
82 Juan Sorto K 6-2 180 Sr.
Sean Manhertz TE 6-2 165 Jr.
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