Recap by Henry Gargan, Photos by Julia Cohn
Riverside: 40 East Chapel Hill: 23
Quarterback Drew Davis angrily paced the sideline during the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game. Injured by a late hit out of bounds in the second quarter, and then again by a sack in the third, he could only watch as the game spiraled out of control. His frustration was echoed in the overflowing student section as East’s fans watched their Wildcats lose
on homecoming to previously winless Riverside (1-5). After building a 20-7 lead and riding high on the spirit of the night, East Chapel Hill (1-6) seemed destined to extend its homecoming win streak to two. Rather than providing further proof that the program had turned the corner, however, the game took a sickly turn for the Wildcats after Drew Davis was sidelined with a shoulder injury.
Despite his brief return in the third quarter, it was clear that East’s offensive momentum was gone. Wildcat fans could only shake their heads as the Pirates of Riverside outscored their team 33-3 after the midway point of the second quarter.
Riverside was able to regain the lead thanks to a botched punt attempt by Tyler Klimko, who had taken over punting duties from the injured Davis. The Wildcats followed with a 27-yard Andrew Moore field goal that briefly rewarded them with a 23-21 lead. Riverside, however, would go on to score 19 unanswered points as they took advantage of the reduced potency of East’s vaunted passing attack.
East will seek redemption, with or without Davis, this week against conference rival Northern Durham.