Riverview looks to take that final step after a trip to the state semifinals last season
SARASOTA -- A rare opportunity for Coach Josh Smithers and the Riverview football team entering the 2019 season.
“It is the first time we have had a quarterback for two years since I have been here, we think that is really important. Sean has had a great off season,” Smither said.
Senior Sean White returns under center for the Rams after tossing 19 touchdowns last season.
“Feels great to be able to build a relationship with some players over the year, in spring and in the fall. Our offense we can do more of the things we want to do this year, because we are more used to each other,” White said.
It helps with all the play makers White is surrounded by: “You can just toss the ball five yards down the field and they can make it into a touchdown,” Sean White said.
The always explosive Micheal "Poodah" Hayes is back, as well as Duke Timmons and new comer, Trayvon Hall who transferred over from Cardinal Mooney.
“He’s really bought in to the way we do things here at Riverview and he is going to fit in perfect,” Smithers said.
But don’t you sleep on Ram nations D, as the stout core was able to force over 20 turnovers last year.
“Our defensive line is probably the best defensive line we have had here in a long time,” Smithers said.
Senior linebacker Jayden Cray isn't’t fazed by the new faces that he will stick his hand in the dirt with.
“We got these new players, they still good, we still strong. They can definitely do the same thing we did last year, maybe even better,” Cray.
A trip to the regional semifinals in 2016, regional final in 2017 and last year the state semis.
“But I think having those guys with experience really helps because they understand what it takes to get there,” Smithers said.
Riverview season ended at Jacksonville Madarin, just a game after the boys ousted Orlando Dr. Phillips 33-7. As for this year, if you want to be the best you have to beat the best.
“Our non-district schedule is incredibly difficult, so by the time we get to district play we will be ready to go,” Smithers said.
Brace the Kiltie band, it’s almost time for some football.
“It is always fun and exciting, especially when we hear the crowd get loud and into the games, it’s fired up,” Cray said.