Riverview gives up 26 points in first half

The Riverview Raiders gave up 26 points in the first half of a 42-12 loss to Melbourne on homecoming.

Riverview had trouble handling Melbourne sophomore quarterback Trey Wren and the Bearcatz offense Friday in what his coach characterized as a “sloppy” game for his team.

Wren and the Bearkatz produced 339 yards of offense at Raider Stadium and scored 26 points in the first half on their way to the 42-12 victory, spoiling the Raiders’ homecoming celebration.

“That is nice to get a win even when we played sloppy,” Melbourne head coach Kevin McCarn said. “We have played better; I thought it was pretty sloppy.”

In the second half, Riverview came out and the offense began to have some success against the Bearkatz defense.

Raiders quarterback Israel Gameros found some holes created by the offensive line. He helped his offense gain a total of 163 yards and the Raiders found the end zone twice in the second half.

“We waited too long before we kicked it; we showed that we can play with them but when you turn the ball over two times in the first quarter on their side of the field, it is kind of hard playing behind the eight ball,” Riverview head coach Daniel Bristo said. “You can’t demoralize our defense; those guys are fighters, I love these kids, I told them there are no other group of kids to lose with but there are no other group of kids that I want to win with!”

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