Rainier overpowers Riverdale 28-0

Mavericks plagued by penalties, turnovers

PORTLAND - Bobby Harding and Austin McGlone each ran for a pair of touchdowns as Rainier used a distinct size advantage to out-muscle Riverdale in a 28-0 victory Friday night at Lewis and Clark College.

Rainier came into the game heavily favored but it took a while for the visiting Columbians to get untracked. In fact, both teams were hindered by turnovers and failed fourth-down conversions through most of the first half.

But the Columbians did manage a quick, 70-yard scoring drive early in the second quarter. McGlone, a scrapping running back who is bigger than most of Riverdale's linemen, capped the drive with an 11-yard scoring run. A failed extra-point attempt left the score at 6-0. Rainier was back in business late in the second period when Riverdale fumbled away a punt at its own 19. Three plays later, Bobby Harding, the Columbians' quarterback, scored on a three-yard run. After another failed conversion attempt, Rainier led 12-0.

Riverdale responded with one of its best drives of the game, but that drive stalled when the Mavericks were unable to convert on a fourth-and-12 play from the Rainier 40.

Early in the third quarter, Riverdale used a 35-yard punt by Evan Peterson to pin Rainier at its own 9-yard line. But poor field position was hardly a problem for the Columbians as McGlone ran for a 91-yard touchdown on next play. It came on a simple dive play up the middle, but McGlone broke two tackles and outran everyone else to the end zone.

Rainier quickly got the ball back when Branden Staehly intercepted a pass by Kane Henderson and returned it to the Mavericks' 34. Five plays later, Harding scored on a five-yard run to wrap up the scoring late in the third quarter.

Riverdale had a few bright spots, including Peterson's 38-yard run early in the game when he was playing quarterback. Later, he switched to receiver and became the main target for Henderson, the new quarterback. Riverdale running back Curtis Brooks added a pair of 17-yard runs and 27-yard reception, but his efforts were often negated by penalties or turnovers.

For the game, Riverdale turned the ball over four times and committed seven penalties.