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Wren thunders past Riverside

Posted Saturday, September 03, 2011 by Sidney McClain

—Wren continued a series of rude initiations into Class AAAA for Riverside, winning 49-7 Friday night at The Reservation.

Riverside went 2-9 in its first year in AAAA last season, with one of those losses a 56-0 blanking by the Golden Hurricanes. This time around, the Warriors fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter on the way to a defeat that was marginally less painful than last year's.

“We're trying to work to get to a certain level,” Riverside (1-1) coach Steve Eoute said after the game. “We've got a lot of work to do, honestly.”

Wren (2-0) head coach Jeff Tate saw his team gather points in bunches, but also collect penalties and drop wide-open passes.

“You're satisfied when you win,” he said. “But I know we can play better – and we're going to have to.”

Lightning appeared to be the theme for the evening, whether it was quick-strike scores by Wren or a 35-minute weather delay that held up play in the third quarter.

The Hurricanes needed only 20 seconds for their first score. Ty Jefferson took the opening kickoff 44 yards to the 45-yard line, then quarterback Caleb McClain hooked up with Brandon Coleman for a 55-yard touchdown pass.

Already up 28-7 after returning from the lightning delay, the Hurricanes nearly matched their opening drive. This time they needed only four plays and 39 seconds before McClain and Coleman connected on an 8-yard scoring play. McClain and Coleman collaborated for three touchdowns in the game.

On defense, the quick strike came from Wren's Adam House, who returned a T.J. Gurn interception 27 yards for a touchdown. It was the first of three pickoffs in the game for House.

“He does have great hands,” Tate said of his defensive back. “More importantly, he's a great kid and has the respect of his teammates.”

The highlight for the Warriors was a clock-eating, 20-play, 88-yard drive that bridged the first and second quarters and accounted for their only score. After using up 9:20, Gurn did the honors on a 2-yard run.

“It was everybody settling down and playing within themselves,” Eoute said.

"We couldn't get out defense off the field in the second quarter,” Tate said. Things changed after halftime. “We were able to get control.”

The Warriors did not get a first down in the third quarter and did not complete a pass in the second half.

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