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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Turnover bug bites Ramblers in loss to Raiders

  • Rose Bud lost seven turnovers, including two that directly led to a pair of first half touchdowns for Riverview, as the Raiders took the lead for good, spoiling the Ramblers' Senior Night Friday with a 35-22 win in a pivotal 2-3A conference contest with playoff implications.
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  • Rose Bud lost seven turnovers, including two that directly led to a pair of first half touchdowns for Riverview, as the Raiders took the lead for good, spoiling the Ramblers' Senior Night Friday with a 35-22 win in a pivotal 2-3A conference contest with playoff implications. “We didn't play very well,” said Rose Bud Coach Steve Rose. “I'm not sure if we played tight or what the issue was but we just didn't play loose and fast like we usually do. We were a little hesitant sometimes and that created some problems for us. One of our goals this week is to get back to playing like we can play.” The Ramblers (4-4, 2-4) took the game's first lead on a 70-yard scoring drive capped by junior quarterback Christian Reynolds' 3-yard touchdown run. Riverview then scored 21 unanswered, including 14 points off turnovers for a 21-7 lead at halftime. The Raiders (5-3, 3-3) intercepted three passes in the second half as the Ramblers tried to come back with their passing attack. “They [Riverview] ran the ball pretty well,” said Rose. “They drove the field and scored points with a similar offense (spread) as us. They are very balanced and when they get the lead they are very good at hanging on to the lead. “Once we had a couple of miscues early and gave them a short field a couple of times and got down they capitalized on that and shortened the game. They got us out of the game plan that best suits us,” added Rose. Reynolds completed 16-of-31 passes for 183 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Reynolds also carried 19 times for 56 yards and a score, while junior running back Cole Robertson added 14 rushing attempts for 68 yards. Reynolds and Robertson have both rushed for over 1,000 yards this season entering Week 10. The Ramblers pulled within 27-14 in the second half when Reynolds connected with senior receiver Spencer Starkey for a 49-yard touchdown. Reynolds later found senior receiver Dillon Reesnes for a 5-yard touchdown, plus a successful conversion set the final at 35-22. Starkey led Rose Bud's receiving corps with three receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown, while Reesnes added five catches for 34 yards and a score. Rose Bud, which has won four games for the first time in school history and likely would have five wins if Marshall would not have forfeited its season, still has a shot at the playoffs but needs to win its final game at Mayflower and get help from Episcopal. Rose said the Ramblers' playoff chances hinge on beating the Eagles (4-5, 3-3) on the road tonight. “There are multiple [playoff] scenarios. They all include one thing. We've got to beat Mayflower. If we beat Mayflower and Episcopal beats Riverview we would get in. Mayflower would have lost to the three teams they are tied with so there wouldn't be a three-way tie. “If we win and Riverview wins then it's going to be a three-way tie and then it gets into points and things like that. We have to take care of our business,” added Rose. The Eagles like to spread the field and throw the ball. “They like to go five wide and they throw it a lot,” said Rose. “Last week they ran the ball a little more than they have in the past but we've got a decent read on what they like to do. They have some playmakers at receiver and are going to throw it 50 or 60 times. “We just have to make sure we go out and do what we do on offense and the defense needs to make some plays and create some turnovers and we will be fine,” Rose concluded.
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