Prep Impressions: Week 1

Riverside King varsity football coach Kevin Corridan addresses his team following its 30-13 Week 1 victory over Riverside Norte Vista on Friday, Aug. 31, its first since 2010. / Dennis Pope Photography

I covered the Riverside Norte Vista-Riverside King varsity football game for The Press-Enterprise and on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, and came away thinking I was quite close to being oh-so-right.

I predicted a 34-21 victory for King. The final score? 30-13 for King. That’s kinda close. No?

The Wolves (1-0) ran the ball effectively with Dylan and Holsey and Avery Richardson, gaining 167 total yards and scoring three TDs on 21 combined carries. The offensive line has beefed-up. Led by a trio of juniors — Dwayne Wallace (6-4, 301), Matt DeRuyter (6-4, 265) and Sean Krepsz (6-5, 285) — the Wolves pushed the line of scrimmage against Norte Vista’s defensive front seven, which was supposedly a strength of the Braves, a perennial playoff qualifier.

King defensive back David Reynolds made the huge play to seal the game, returning an interception 37 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was a massive play that had RUSD Stadium buzzing with Wolves pride for the first time in 22 months.

Norte Vista’s Andrew Martinez and De’Aundrae Castanon carried the load for the Braves (0-1), and had some early success. Adjustments were made and blocking assignments missed, however, and NoVi’s bunch-set offense was bottled for short-or-no gain most of the second half.

Both quarterbacks — King’s Brett Hollingsworth and Norte Vista’s Justin Spillman — had middling nights that were completely unremarkable. Combined stats: 10 for 21 for 43 yards and one INT.

Norte Vista coach Ken Batdorf:
“(King) did a great job. They played physical. They played great football and we made a lot of mistakes. First-game jitters. Give them a lot of credit but we need to play better. That’s what it came down to; we made too many mistakes. Calling plays, kids missed stuff calling it in, fumbling the ball when we shouldn’t have, and making stupid penalties. There were a lot of things that we made mistakes on. I think we took (plays) away from ourselves. Kids were missing blocks. (King) hustled, made plays, got out of our blocks so they did a great job of the that. we didn’t really change a lot. We had a long drive that score but we didn’t have the offense that could make up for those mistakes. We had some dumb penalties. We turned the ball over. We saw some good things. We have some young backs who ran well. We had some good blocks early. We know it’s there. We just have to get better.”

King coach Kevin Corridan:
“We went back to work the second we finished our season (in a Week 10 loss) to Centennial and our kids have just bought it and worked their tails off to put us in this situation, and were still a young ball club, and we’re still fighting and doing great things and really getting after it. It was a hard-fought ball game the was outstandingly played by both teams. Some one had to win and we were fortunate to get out on that side. We want to be balanced. We want a good run-pass combination and right now we’re pretty effective at rushing the football but we’ve got to do some things to clean up the passing game. We’ve got a great young quarterback and some great receivers… we’re excited. Try to be as disciplined as we possibly can. It’s a good group. I’m proud to be their coach. My biggest piece is the adversity part. These boys have just fought through everything. I can’t say enough about them.”

King senior David Reynolds:
“We knew they were gonna pass — what was it… :43 seconds left? — It was just, he put that ball right in my hands. We just played back. We were in victory formation. We knew that from watching film that if the tight end stays home then they’re gonna try and throw that fade. The quarterback kinda lobs the ball, he just sort of went there so I took it home. I tried to take some time off the clock there. It’s been a long nine months, a long nine months. I get teary-eyed thinking about it. It’s been so much work. We love this school. They’ve rallied behind us. It just means so much. I can’t even say it.”

Riverside Norte Vista emassed 256 yards of offense in the loss. / Dennis Pope Photography

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