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Riverdale gives Downs first career win

Photo by Derrick Mahone
At the beginning of the season, Morrow coach J. Livingston won the "Crying Towel Award", he might find it handy as his team is off to a 0-2 start.

Photo by Derrick Mahone At the beginning of the season, Morrow coach J. Livingston won the "Crying Towel Award", he might find it handy as his team is off to a 0-2 start.

Two winless teams met Friday night at Southern Crescent Stadium trying to provide a win for their first-year coaches.

It seems Riverdale brought it’s A-game.

Riverdale’s 41-0 thrashing of Morrow said more about the quality of the Raider’s offense than it did about the Mustangs lack of defense and offense for that matter.

Coming off a difficult 7-0 loss to North Clayton last week, Riverdale gave coach Olten Downs his first career victory. Downs accepted the Riverdale job after helping build Carver-Columbus into a regular playoff contender.

Morrow has now lost nine of the last 10 games between the two schools. a

The 27-0 halftime score came courtesy of two touchdown runs by junior running back Kamhad Magwood, and two other rushing scores by fellow juniors — quarterback Steve Harris and halfback Ti'Keem Cooper. Four consecutive Raider penalties kept the halftime score respectable but could not jump start the Mustangs offense . A third rushing touchdown by Magwood followed by a second for Cooper put the game out of reach late in the third quarter.

The Raiders defense spent the entire game shutting down Morrow’s pass attack forcing seven consecutive drives to end in a Mustang punt.

Morrow coach J. Livingston, the school’s basketball coach, is still searching for his first win.

Morrow assistant coach Mac McKissic believes the team made some improvement from last week’s 68-0 loss to Creekside.

“We are one step away from where we need to be,” McKissic said. “I saw a lot of improvement from last week. We just have to get that offense to work and that starts at the quarterback position”

Despite the score, Morrow junior defensive back A’Keitheon Whitner had a pair of first half interceptions.