Rachal leads Rebels to district win

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 25, 2010


LAFITTE — Riverside quarterback Darnell Rachal accounted for 277 yards of total offense and five total touchdowns as the Rebels drilled Fisher, 49-8, in the District 9-2A opener for both teams.

Rachal rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and completed 6-of-7 passes for 152 yards and three scores.

Two of Rachal’s passing scores went to Austin Vicknair, who hauled in three catches for 65 yards.

Grady Gieger and Blake Cody each hauled in interceptions.

The Rebels led 42-0 at halftime, scoring in each of its six first half possessions.

“We didn’t want to give them a chance to feel like they could get back in it,” said Riverside coach Mickey Roussel. “This was our third road game in a row and I am glad to see us go out and take care of business.”

Rachal found Dylan Martin for a 30-yard touchdown to put Riverside (4-0) ahead 7-0 early in the game. Thomas Crouch’s 2-yard touchdown run made it 14-0, and Rachal’s 32-yard touchdown toss to Vicknair made it 21-0 in the first quarter.

“(Vicknair) is a quality receiver. He had seven scores last year and he’s picked up where he left off,” said Roussel. “He doesn’t drop anything.”

The Rebel passer accounted for all three touchdowns in the second quarter as well, on a 22-yard pass to Vicknair and on runs of 34 and 41 yards.

“(Rachal) had a great year last year, but we expected him to be even better and he has been,” said Roussel. “The players around him have gotten much better as well, and we’re seeing the result.”

Martin added his second touchdown of the game in the second half, scoring from two yards out.

Fisher scored its lone touchdown in the third quarter.

Crouch finished with 45 yards on five carries. Nate Williams gained 49 yards on four carries.

Riverside allowed just 140 yards of total offense to Fisher (3-1). The Rebels gained 404.

Roussel said that his defense is a work in progress but that its play on Friday was encouraging.

“We emphasized (defense) all week. We need to keep making gains,” said Roussel.