After a pair of shutout losses, River Ridge will look to break into the win column for the first time this season this Friday at home against Osborne.
River Ridge began its Region 6AAAAAA schedule with Harrison and Allatoona — two teams ranked in the top 10 in the state — and as a result struggled, losing both games by a combined score of 87-0. The Knights were forced to play Allatoona on Saturday night after the Friday night kickoff was pushed back due to weather. Allatoona won 38-0 and Collins said the adjustment to playing on Saturday didn’t affect his player’s effort.
“I didn’t really think it was a factor to be honest,” River Ridge head coach Mike Collins said. “We had our normal game day routine with pre game meal and everything and our kids played hard. If there’s anything that needs to be adjusted it’ll be our schedule this week.”
Collins said Monday’s practice will look more like a Thursday practice this week, with much less physicality and a lighter work load scheduled. He said adjusting the team’s schedule to allow his player’s bodies more time to fully recuperate from Saturday night’s game is important while at the same time preparing for the upcoming opponent.
“It’ll be different this week, because we’ve usually got those two days in a row off,” Collins said. “We just want to make sure they’re not overworked.”
Though the scores over the past two weeks may not indicate it, Collins said he continues to see improvement on both sides of the ball for River Ridge.
“There’s still a lot of bright spots,” Collins said. “I thought our passing game looked a lot better. I thought Chase (Begin) threw some really good balls and we were able to get our receivers going a little bit. Our tackling was better too, we just had some special teams breakdowns and those are things I’ve got to do better with a coach. When you’re up against good teams the last thing they need is extra possessions.”
Following the Harrison and Allatoona back-to-back, River Ridge will now host the team who finished at the bottom of the Region 6AAAAAA standings a season ago. Osborne’s game with Creekview from last Friday was postponed until Monday night of this week, and the week prior Osborne fell 48-0 to Sequoyah. The Cardinals will be looking for their first win since 2016.