Aug. 11—The Riverside coaching staff wanted a clean test run heading into the season-opener against Perry on Aug. 19.
The Beavers got it on Aug. 11, blanking visiting Brecksville, 21-0, in a half of game-situation scrimmaging at Riverside Stadium.
Riverside's veteran defense limited the Bees to less than 100 yards of total offense, and the defense anchored by linebackers Jason Ryan and Cam Simpson pitched a shutout.
"Mission accomplished," Coach Dave Bors said afterward.
PHOTOS: Riverside vs. Brecksville-Broadview Heights football scrimmage, Aug. 11, 2022
The scrimmage included a little bit of everything, including special teams segments that gave the Beavers a look of what they already knew — veteran kicker Sean Kerwood is someone the team can lean on if need be.
"Offensively, we moved the ball well in spots," Bors said.
Particularly impressive, Bors said, was a 65-yard drive in the final 90 seconds of the scrimmage that saw Mikey Maloney hit Erren Conwell on a 20-yard pass to wrap up the evening of varsity action.
"In all, we did some things really well," Bors said. "We have a lot of work to do still. I'm sure all the coaches are saying that, but there were definitely positives to take away from tonight."
Most importantly, Bors said, the Beavers got out of the scrimmage healthy.
"We had a few dings so we pulled a few guys out early," Bors said, "but overall, it was a good night. Everybody is ready for next week."
In the other scrimmage dealing with Riverside's Week 1 opponent, Perry and Jefferson tied, 7-7, in one half of game-situation scrimmaging.