Dutchtown played with fire from the start as it went against former defensive coordinator Terry Herrod, now head coach at Riverdale. (Special Photo: Jerry Jackson)
RIVERDALE — In an era of high powered, spread offenses, the Dutchtown Bulldogs opened up a can of old school on the Riverdale Raiders, rolling up 502 total yards of offense on a grand total of four different offensive plays, on its way to a 49-28 victory in what was the region opener for both schools.
Dutchtown coach Kevin Jones, coaching against Riverdale coach Terry Herrod — one year removed from being the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator — called the win a workman like performance.
“It wasn’t personal. It was just business,” Jones said. “We just wanted to challenge our team to come out against a very good Riverdale bunch and prove that we were better than last week against Luella.”
Dutchtown raced out to a 7-0 lead by promptly when Malik Barkley scored from one yard out to cap a workman like seven play, 67 yard drive that took only 2:15 off of the clock.
Perhaps more impressive was the fact that Dutchtown’s defense — a unit that was consistently torched for big plays last week in a 31-17 loss to Luella — bowed up and forced a high powered Riverdale offense to a three-and-out on its first series.
The offense quickly responded with a three-play, 49 yard drive that ended when sophomore quarterback K’lin Epps bolted up the middle of Riverdale’s defense for a 29 yard scoring scamper, pushing the Bulldogs’ lead to 14-0, still early in the fourth quarter.
It took a 33-yard jaunt from Riverdale Dion Jones on the Raiders’ next possession to jump start coach Terry Herrod’s offense. And four plays later Nathan Williams Jr. put Riverdale on the board with a 21 yard touchdown run to cut Dutchtown’s lead to 14-7 with 5:19 left in the first.
That’s when the Bulldogs got on a run , first with Epps connecting with Robertson on a 12-yard screen pass for a score. Then, Herrod called for a fake punt on its own 23 yard line that failed, Dutchtown took advantage of a short field and Malik Barkley scored from 12 yards out, getting the corner and throwing out a devastating stiff arm to help power him into the endzone.
Taylor finally found star wide receiver Rashad Canty on an eight yard fade route for a score just before halftime to cut the lead to 28-14 as the teams entered the locker rooms at halftime.
Riverdale tried to infuse some hopes of a comeback as it took the opening possession of the third quarter and marched 45 yards in six plays, with Dion Jones pushing into the endzone from three yards out to cut Dutchtown’s lead to 28-21.
From there it was all Bulldogs. Daniels gashed Riverdale for scores of 27 and 35 yards late in the third and early in the fourth quarters respectively, his last touchdown run ended the scoring for the Bulldogs.
Taylor, just one week removed from a 309 yard passing performance against Grady, was was sacked six times, and the Riverdale offense was largely held in check, managing only 288 total yards Friday night.
Herrod, who had said before that this was a game he would be glad to get past, was nothing but gracious in defeat at the hands of his old team, lauding Jones for leading a well prepared team.
“I don’t know that they did anything we didn’t think they would do,” Herrod said. “I just tip my hat to them. They were better prepared to play than we were. They didn’t make mistakes, and executed off the ones we made.”
Herrod downplayed the emotions involved in facing his old team.
“You don’t really pay that kind of stuff any attention once the game gets started,” Herrod said. “But their player, they did show me a lot of love afterward tonight. I tip my hat to them. They played a great game.”
The win pushes Dutchtown to 2-2, while Riverdale drops to the same record after losing its second straight game.