By Doug Gorman
The Riverdale Raiders keep inching closer to the playoffs, and perhaps toward a Region 2-AAAA championship.
Saturday night the Raiders stumbled a little bit in the second half, but still came away with a 23-14 victory against Redan.
With the victory, Riverdale improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Region 2-AAAAA standings.
Riverdale used a potent ground attack that saw six different players carry the football. The Raiders outgained Redan 291 yards to 277 with 259 yards coming on the ground.
Chad Morgan paced the Raiders' rushing attack with 112 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown. Tony McCord kept Redan in the contest with 107 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown.
The Raiders stuck to their two-quarterback system as Roderick Mason and Tim Johnson shared time at the position.
Riverdale led 9-0 at the end of the first half and increased the margin to 16-0 early in the third quarter.
Mason started the scoring for the Raiders when he connected with Rashad Tuckes on a 7-yard pass. Abdul Cole added a 29-yard field goal right before the end of the first half to give the Raiders a 9-0 lead.
Morgan's 21-yard touchdown run on the first series of the third quarter helped Riverdale increase their lead to 16-0.
Redan, which had just 12 yards in the first half, used a second-half explosion to get back in the contest.
Redan quarterback Byron Ingram only completed eight passes, but picked up 177 yards through the air to spark the second-half rally.
Redan scored two tochdowns in a span of about five minutes in the third quarter to cut the gap to 16-14.
Ingram scored on a 1-yard run for Redan's first points of the game. After a Riverdale turnover on a mishandled punt, Redan scored again with 2:39 remaining in the third quarter on McCord's 4-yard run.
With less than a minute to go in the game, Mario Swann iced the game for the Raiders with a 1-yard run.
Defensively, Emmett Merchant and Darrell Mitchell each had interceptions for the Raiders.
Riverdale gets the week off before returning to action against Tri-Cities.
In other action, the Mt. Zion Bulldiogs fell to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in Region 5-AAAA West action after losing 25-21 to Columbia High School.
North Clayton dropped to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in Region 5-AAAA East actio with a 22-13 loss to Mays Saturday night at Lakewood.