LEXINGTON — It was a milestone night for the River Bluff Gators, a new program that is playing its first year of competitive football.
First, the school crowned its first homecoming king and queen during halftime. But more importantly, the Gators picked up their first ever victory with a 41-21 victory over Great Falls on Friday night.
The Gators dominated with old fashioned football by simply lining up and running it at the Red Devils defense. River Bluff, with a new facility and campus located in Lexington, rolled up 436 yards on the ground. Brandon Tillman led the surge with 171 yards while Tiawan Glenn and Devon Johnson contributed 93 and 82 yards respectively. All three accounted for two touchdowns each.
We are unable to do anything fancy, Gators coach David Bennett said with a grin. The old saying is that you are never as good as you seem and not as bad as you seem. In other words, we have a long ways to go.
However, Bennett, the former coach at Coastal Carolina, had nothing but words of praise for the Great Falls program.
They have loads of athletes, he said. If that crowd had more kids (depth) and less guys who go both ways, it would have been a different story.
Great Falls coach Ken Schofield acknowledged that his team was dominated in the trenches, but said that depth did play a factor.
We did not have enough horses, but still, we did not make the plays, Schofield said. We did not do the right things and our leadership fell off a bit.
Red Devils quarterback Chris Culp provided highlights with 188 yards passing and two scores.
River Bluff 41, Great Falls 21
RB Brandon Tillman 14-yard run (Jeb Bennett kick)
GF Chris Culp 11-yard pass to Jemarcus Culp (John Hall kick)
RB Tiawan Glenn 20-yard run (Bennett kick)
RB Davon Johnson 2-yard run (kick failed)
RB Davon Johnson 2-yard run (Bennett kick)
RB Tillman 10-yard run (Bennett kick)
GF Culp 33-yard pass to Omar Dean (Culp pass to Josh Simpson)
FC Tillman 65-yard run (Bennett kick)
GF Lemarion Crane 7-yard run (pass failed)
RUSHING River Bluff: Tiawan Glenn 15-93, Davon Johnson 13-82, Brandon Tillmon 18-171, Robbie Barrett 2-3, Rory Vogt 1-1. Great Falls: Omar Dean 8-45,LeMarion Crane 15-62, Chris Culp 5-2, Hakeem Simpson 5-19.
PASSING Great Falls: Chris Culp 11-18-0-188, Pierce Funderburke 0-1-0-0. River Bluff: Brandon Tillmon 0-4-1-0, Robbie Barrett 1-1-0-15.
RECEIVING Great Falls: Hakeem Simpson 1-8, Omar Dean 5-70, Jemarcus Culp 5-78, Josh Simpson 1-32. River Bluff: Jeb Bennett 1-15.
RECORDS River Bluff 1-1, Great Falls 3-4