RA football and volleyball seasons end in battles


Lori Lyons

The RA football team played its final game of the season on Nov. 5


The Riverside Academy football and volleyball teams fought hard Friday but saw their seasons end with tough losses.

On the football field, the Rebels fought back from a 31-0 deficit, outscoring Country Day 31-7 in the fourth quarter and giving themselves a chance to win in the final minutes. But an incomplete pass on fourth down sealed the Rebels’ fate in a 38-31 loss.

Elijah “Bill” Davis rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for 132 yards and another touchdown. Cade Middleton ran for another score as the Rebels amassed 238 yards on the ground.

Riverside finished the season 3-5 overall and 2-1 in district play after losing one game to Hurricane Ida’s hard hit on the school, then losing the first two games of the season. But the team was one win away from the District 9-1A championship on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Lady Rebels volleyball team was in Shreveport Friday to take on Calvary Baptist in the second round of the Division V playoffs. After the long bus ride, Riverside’s season ended with a 25-19, 25-10, 25-8 loss to the No. 4 seed.

The Lady Rebels also had a delayed start thanks to Hurricane Ida. With school canceled for all of September, the team did not play its first game until Sept. 16, then dropped its first three matches. But the Rebels still managed to win the district championship and advance to the second round of the playoffs.