By Brian Howard
Tim Johnson set a school record and the Riverdale High School football team amassed 514 total yards of offense in a 49-20 rout of Newton in a Region 2-AAAAA game Saturday night at Tara Stadium.
Johnson threw just two passes, completing one, as he hooked up with Dominique Sanjurjo for a school-record 80-yard touchdown pass.
The Raiders (6-0 overall, 3-0 region) had 412 yards on the ground, with Calvary Akins leading the way with six carries for 119 yards. Kelvin Colbert finished with five rushes for 90 yards.
Riverdale, which plays again Saturday at Tara Stadium against Redan, scored on its first four possessions in the first half and opened the second half with a score.
The Raiders drove 80-yards in six plays on their opening series, as Akins scored on a 36-yard run, with Abdul Cole adding the extra point, giving Riverdale a 7-0 lead with 7 minutes, 4 seconds left in the first half.
After a Chris Blanton fumble, the Raiders cashed that turnover into points, driving 74 yards in four plays, with Colbert scoring on a 46-yard run, giving Riverdale a 14-0 lead with 5:09 remaining in the opening quarter.
Newton (2-3, 1-1) was able to move the football on its next drive, but were forced to punt.
After the touchback, Riverdale marched 80 yards, aided by a pair of Rams penalties, in six plays, with Mario Swann increasing the Raiders' lead to 21 after a 26-yard run off left tackle with 9:24 left in the first half.
The Rams put together a 6-play, 68-yard drive as Marcus Childs scored on a 5-yard run, cutting the deficit to 21-7. But the Raiders answered.
After the touchback on the kickoff, Johnson hit Sanjurjo on a 5-yard pass, then the junior receiver went 75 more yards down the left sideline, helped by a block by Colbert, for the score, giving Riverdale a 28-7 lead with 6:17 left in the second quarter.
The Raiders' defense forced another Rams punt and this time, Riverdale went 64 yards in four plays, aided by a late hit penalty, as Roderick Mason, who was 1 of 1 passing, found Rashad Tukes for a 22-yard touchdown pass. The score gave the Raiders a comfortable, 35-7 lead with 1:02 left in the first half.
Colbert helped extend the lead by scoring on a 6-yard run with 9:50 left in the third quarter, giving Riverdale a 42-7 lead.
After a Rams touchdown, the Raiders got the ball at the Newton 49-yard line after the kickoff and marched 49 yards in eight plays, with Jameal Wimbley scoring on a 5-yard run to cap the offensive scoring for Riverdale.
In other area games in Clayton County Saturday, Cedar Grove beat Jonesboro, 21-7 and Douglass defeated Morrow, 7-0. Both games were played at Twelve Oaks Stadium.
Jonesboro fell to 0-5 and will travel Friday to South Atlanta for its first 5E-AAAA game. Morrow dropped to 0-6 overall and 0-3 in Region 2-AAAAA. The Mustangs will face Tri-Cities Friday at Twelve Oaks Stadium.