Score: Fivay 43, River Ridge 24
Spring game-breakers: Running back/receiver JoJo Schumacher had 13 carries for 95 yards at the half and finished with more than 100 yards rushing. Fivay coach Chris Taylor spent most of spring practice touting the incoming junior. Schumacher also caught a 17-yard touchdown from the expected starting quarterback, Eric Vitale, in the second quarter. …Vitale, who was injured during last fall’s preseason game against Hudson, ran for a touchdown and threw a two-point conversion in addition to the touchdown pass to Schumacher. The new starter worked with a crop of new receivers, all rising juniors. …Fullback/linebacker Vik Taylor, who will be a senior in the fall, stood out as he opened holes for Schumacher. He also tacked on a touchdown run. …Fivay’s offensive line, which featured five new starters, had a terrific night. …Running backs Christopher Schwarz and Ben Perdomo did the majority of the damage for the Royal Knights on the ground. While Perdomo, a rising senior, gained the most yards, Schwarz, a rising sophomore, closed the lead to 22-17 with a rushing touchdown with 44 seconds left in the third quarter.
Did you know? Running back Davion Sutton, who rushed for more than 1,100 yards last season and found the end zone 15 times, was not in uniform for disciplinary reasons, according to Taylor. While he did say that the infraction was not serious, he wouldn’t comment further. …Schwarz is the younger brother of former River Ridge standout running back Austin Schwarz, who ran for 500 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior in 2011. …The majority of the players who saw playing time for the Royal Knights were seeing getting their first taste of varsity. River Ridge graduated its starting quarterback, top running backs, top four receivers and the majority of its offensive line.
Audible 1: “Our offensive line was having some success and getting excited about it. The biggest thing about tonight’s game is that we executed the plays we’ve been working on, and that isn’t always the case.” — Taylor