Riverview's most successful season since 2004 comes to an end
JACKSONVILLE - After traveling more than four hours North to Jacksonville, the Riverview Rams battled until the very end before eventually falling to the Mandarin Mustangs 31-45. In a game where Mandarin's quarterback Carson Beck, threw for close to 500 yards and five touchdowns, the rams struggled to find an answer on defense.
After starting the second half down 31-10, head coach Josh Smithers called for a successful Rams onside kick. A few plays later, Riverview capped the drive with a Malachi Wideman touchdown catch, his ninth score on 15 total receptions. This got the Rams within two scores (31-17) before a 90 second drive led by Mandarin and Beck's aerial attack.
All in all, Riverview makes it to the State semifinal for the first time since 2004, and were able to win seven of their last eight games.