Riverside King’s strong running game proves too much for Poly

By in Press Enterprise on September 16, 2017

By Brian Haas

RIVERSIDE — Matthew Sylvester rumbled his way to a pair of touchdowns on Friday night, as Riverside King defeated crosstown rival Riverside Poly, 24-6.

Injuries forced Sylvester to miss the rivalry game the past two seasons, but the senior made the most of this opportunity, rushing for 85 yards on just eight carries.

“Our team really came together this week,” Sylvester said. “We had some good practices, and we performed the way that we needed to tonight.”

King took the lead midway way through the first half on a 20-yard field goal from Mason Mapes, and extended its lead on the final play of the first quarter when Sylvester rushed for a touchdown from 30 yards out.

After being held without a first down for over a quarter, Riverside Poly got its offense rolling early in the second quarter when Jermain Henderson showcased his breakaway speed, sprinting 59 yards for the score to cap a five-play drive.

Sylvester found the end zone for a second time with slightly more than two minutes to play in the half to give King a 17-6 lead.

Riverside King secured the victory in the second half with a 61-yard rushing touchdown from Ty Mccullouch.

“After struggling offensively in our first couple contest, I’m very proud at how we responded tonight,” King head coach Rich Martinez. “We did a great job with ball control and played smart football.”

King quarterback Austin Stark went 5-7 in the air for 62 yards, while his counterpart, Poly’s Moses Gonzales, went 10-21 for 95 yards.

Mccullouch led King’s rushing efforts with 15 carries for 142 yards, while Darrian Bell helped out with 65 yards of his own on 15 attempts. Ronnie Kaufman made a pair of receptions for 40 yards for the Wolves.

Poly’s Henderson finished with 78 yards on eight carries.

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