Rebels facing mirror image

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 6, 1999

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / October 6, 1999

RESERVE – Riverside gets a break from District 9-2A action this week as the Rebels host E.D. White.But the Rebels (5-0 overall), who have started district play with convincing wins over Buras and Redeemer-Seton, will not be able to let down their guard against the Terriers. The Rebels will be facing a mirrorimage in an E.D. White team that also enters the game with a 5-0 record.Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday.It is the first time the two schools have met but Riverside coach Mickey Roussel feels it could be the start of a very good rivalry.

“It’s not a district game but we are playing a very good 3A school that plays in a tough 3A district,” Roussel said. “It will almost be like aplayoff-type atmosphere.”Riverside is coming off a 45-6 victory over Redeemer-Seton Friday night.

With Britt Waguespack rushing for 157 yards and four touchdowns and Brandon Delaneuville adding 77 yards and a touchdown, the Rebels did not have to worry about their passing game, putting the ball up in the air only four times. The defense held a potent Redeemer-Seton team to 134 totalyards, 27 on the ground, and forced two turnovers. The special teams alsogot into the act as Bradley Hodges returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown.

“It’s been a team effort,” Roussel said. “The defense has gotten usturnovers and we are not turning the ball over on offense. Those are theingredients for winning football. If we continue and improve, hopefullygood things will happen for us.”E.D. White is coming off a 28-19 victory over Class 4A H.L. Bourgeois. Likethe Rebels, the Terriers used a pounding running game and did not commit a turnover in the victory. Justin Chiasson rushed for 128 yards and threetouchdowns while Jon White added 100 yards as the Terriers gained 273 yards on the ground. Eric Tate added a touchdown reception from J.J. Tabor.Like Riverside, E.D. White runs out of the wing-T. Chiasson, who led theteam in rushing a year ago, and Tate, the second leading rusher, have returned for their senior years. Zeringue also returns after missing lastseason with a broken leg. They will run behind an offensive line led byMarc Montet and Jake Rodrigue on the left side.

The Terriers allowed 338 yards to H.L. Bourgeois Friday, including 291yards passing by Chris Jones, but held the Braves scoreless until the third quarter. The defense returned only two starters from a year ago, strongsafety Nick Grabert and defensive halfback Brandon Mackey.

The Terriers are also similar to the Rebels in that both teams possession solid kicking teams. Justin Verret returns at place kicker and JamesWilcox is one of the leading punters in Class 3A, averaging over 40 yards a punt.

Riverside reenters District 9-2A play next Friday against cross-parish rival West St. John at home.

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