For the first time this season, a team scored points on Auburn Riverside.
It didn't really matter.
“They’re a little upset, because our rule is if you give up points, you run,” Auburn Riverside coach Bryant Thomas said. “But I told them, shoot, we outscored them on defense, so we’re not running this week.”
The seventh-ranked Ravens shook off some early cobwebs to smack cross-town rival Auburn Mountainview 49-10 for their fourth win of the season.
There was also just a bit of revenge in the air for Auburn Riverside.
"I told our kids, they’re going to come ready to play,” Thomas said. “That senior class had never lost to us. I knew they would come ready to play.”
Early play at Auburn Memorial Stadium started about as sloppy as it comes. The Ravens defense was came out strong, intercepting two passes from Lions quarterback Sui Daniels, but penalties grounded ensuing Ravens drives that teemed with promise.
That would cost the Ravens early. Mountainview drew first blood when Daniels hit Bill Benjamin on a gorgeous pass downfield for 80 yards.
“They hit us with a go ball and caught us,” Thomas said. “If you play DB long enough, you’re going to get beat. It’s how you recover and bounce back.”
When Riverside QB Tiano Malietufa tossed his own interception on the Ravens' next drive, momentum was firmly with the home Lions.
But momentum is a fickle beast. After their ensuing drive stalled on the goal line, a missed chip shot field goal left the Lions without points right on the doorstep of a two-score lead.
The Ravens ground-and-pound finally found its traction, marching down the field to their first score on a fade to Jaden Robinson in the corner of the end zone.
Mountainview would answer with a field goal, but their offense was effectively silenced by the Ravens defense the rest of the way.
The Ravens, behind Malietufa's QB keepers, marched down the field for another touchdown to take the lead before halftime.
And it truly unraveled from there for the Lions, with a fumble and interception ending with Isaiah Prescott and Robinson, being swarmed in the endzone after scoring, respectively.
The two headed monster of Malietufa and Sam Braboy racked up 344 yards on 44 carries, requiring multiple Lions to bring them down time and again.
“It’s usually thunder and lighting, but with those two?” Thomas shook his head and laughed. “It’s thunder and thunder. Those are some big boys running the ball. Up front, we did a great job opening holes.”
Braboy capped everything off with a 64-yard rumble for six in the fourth quarter.
"The run game was working pretty nice,” Braboy said. “There were a few runs where I was struggling to get over the first level, but I think we made some quick adjustments with some pulling and that opened up everything.”
With the demons of blowout losses to Mountainview behind them, confidence is soaring for the school nestled into the Green River. Thomas said there has been a jubilant atmosphere within the Riverside hallways, sure to be at fever pitch Monday.
“We have a ton of confidence at this point,” Braboy said. “We were way pumped after this game, more than I’ve ever seen. We came in with confidence after three straight shutouts.”
The young Mountainview Lions are still searching for their first win and hope to find it in Federal Way next Friday against the Eagles.
Meanwhile, the Ravens stellar season carries on with a home tilt against Todd Beamer.
MV - Daniels 80 pass to Benjamin (Huizar kick)
R - Malietufa 8 pass to Robinson (Cummins kick)
MV - Huziar 37 field goal
R - Braboy 6 run (Cummins kick)
R - Malietufa 12 pass to Robinson (Cummins kick)
R - Prescot 27 fumble recovery (Cummins kick)
R - Robinson 18 INT return (Cummins kick)
R - Braboy 64 run (Cummins kick)
R - Malietufa 47 run (Cummins kick)
RUSHING: Riverside: Sam Braboy 19-169, Tiano Malietufa 15-175. Mountainview: Sui Daniels 5-38
PASSING: Riverside: Tiano Malietufa 8-14-93-2. Mountainview: Sui Daniels 17-27-225-1
Receiving: Riverside: Jaden Robinson 6-71. Mountainview: Bill Benjamin 3-95, Damarea Dunnigan 5-28, Talen Alfrey 3-48