Rebels fall late to Donaldsonville

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 18, 2006

District loss puts Riverside at 0-2 heading into road trip at John Curtis



Riverside Academy lost another heartbreaker after holding a powerful Donaldsonville team to only two touchdowns through three quarters before finally succumbing to the Tigers 40-15 at Rebel Stadium Friday night.

Donaldsonville (6-1,1-1) got on the board early with two quick strikes in the first quarter to put them ahead of the Rebels (3-4,0-2) by a touchdown but it would be the last time the Tigers scored until the fourth quarter.

The Rebels defense settled in early in the second quarter finally getting into a groove as the Tigers progressed past midfield only to be forced back by a hungry Rebels team.

After a penalty forced a Tigers second down and 15, Junior Blake Terrio stuffed receiver John Jones on the carry, forcing a third and 15 near midfield.

The Tigers would convert on fourth down only to be shut down the following four downs, capped off by Terrio batting down two straight passes in the end zone to save a Tigers touchdown.

Quarterback Wade Laiche drove the Rebels down field before the end of the half but was intercepted before they could capitalize on the 14-7 deficit.

The Rebels defense came out swinging as they did in the first half, forcing a Tigers punt at midfield with 9:00 remaining in the third quarter.

Running back Jarid Caesar played the workhorse role as usual taking the first two carries of the drive downfield for a Rebel first down. The Tiger defense stepped it up a notch during the drive, pressuring Laiche on three straight plays bringing up fourth and two with 4:30 to play in the third quarter.

On fourth and two, the Tigers nearly sacked Laiche who stayed on his feet and managed to get a lateral off to Caesar who finished the rest. Caesar steamrolled over two defenders on his way to a 58-yard scamper into the end zone to put the rebels up 15-14 after a successful two-point conversion run by Caesar.

With the Rebels crowd stomping and cheering the Tigers played the role of the spoiler on this cool Friday night. It only took the Tigers six plays to regain the lead after a Roy Sam touchdown run.

With the Tigers up 20-15, and their defense not allowing anything on the ground, Laiche was forced to throw to get the Rebels back in the contest but ended up being intercepted on their next two possessions, both ending up in touchdowns for Donaldsonville.

The Rebels head to River Ridge to face John Curtis Friday hoping to break their three-game skid. The Tigers play host to St. James in a district match up this weekend.