Rebels seek title against Newman

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 25, 2000

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / October 25, 2000

RESERVE – There will be a lot riding on the outcome of the Riverside- Newman game Friday night at Riverside.

First place in District 9-2A. Playoff positioning. Riverside’s No. 2 rankingin Class 2A. And maybe just a bit of payback for the Rebels.Last year, Riverside traveled to New Orleans and had its 20-game regular season winning streak snapped, 22-21. The loss also dropped the Rebelsfrom the top spot in Class 2A and gave Newman the District 9-2A championship.

That loss was the last for Riverside in the regular season. The Rebelsrebounded to defeat Fisher in the season finale and have won their first eight games of the 2000 season. Riverside again enters Friday’s contestwith an 8-0 record and a first-place standing in the district with a 4-0 mark.

Riverside’s latest conquest came Friday night, a 41-0 victory over Ridgewood. The Rebels dominated, scoring all their points in the first half.Riverside finished with 534 yards in offense, 346 coming on 51 rushing attempts. Eleven different Rebels carried the ball, led by Jared St. Amantwith 92 yards and two touchdowns on four carries. Brandon Delaneuvilleadded 63 yards and a touchdown on five carries.

Damian Melancon completed all five of his passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Michael Schoen completed his only pass for a 43-yardtouchdown to Britt Waguespack. Gus Entremont had five catches for 136yards and two touchdowns.

The defense held Ridgewood to 128 yards, the majority coming in the second half. The Eagles ran 23 times for 36 yards and completed 8-of-16passes for another 92 yards.

Melancon ran his season totals to 45 completions in 82 attempts for 872 yards and 10 touchdowns. Entremont has caught 32 passes for 620 yardsand nine scores.

Newman, ranked 16th in Class 2A, enters Friday’s game with a 3-1 record in district and a 6-2 record overall. The Greenies are coming off a 24-7victory at Buras Friday. Newman gained 331 yards in the game whileholding the Wildcats to 191. Damion Carter completed 7-of-16 passes for120 yards and two touchdowns.

Carter replaced Marsh Moseley at quarterback earlier this season and provides added mobility at the position. Joining him in the backfield aretailbacks Miles Clements and Craig Baum and fullback Tres Cossabloom.

They led a rushing attack that gained 211 yards against Buras. HunterPowell and Bruce Fowler, the tight end, are the leading receivers.

The Greenies come out of the 4-2 defense. Linebacker Davis Webb anddefensive end Hyatt Thompson lead the front seven. Ryan Skertich is theleading man in the backfield.

Kicker Todd Rhoden is an additional threat for Newman. He had a 53-yarderagainst West St. John earlier this season.Riverside finishes its regular season next Friday at home against Fisher.

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