"It was just blown coverages on defense and the offense not executing,'' said Hampton, who finished with 147 yards on five catches and scores of 62 and 63 yards.
"We knew we could pull it together. We're getting better week-by-week. The coaches believed in us and we believed in ourselves. We know what we're capable of. We know we can put up points.''
Alexander accounted for 365 total yards, completing 18-of-30 passes with three TDs and one interception and adding 47 yards on 10 carries and two scores. He also converted four 2-point conversions either by passing or running.
"They're a very talented ballclub,'' said Riverside coach Ralph Hensley of SC. "As far as I'm concerned, they're pretty close to being the best team in the state. They do tackle.''
Rumberg threw for 191 yards on 11-of-23 accuracy with three TDs and two picks. He also added 77 yards on 12 carries. Reed finished with five receptions for 92 yards and one score.
Messinger said he knows his team has to get better.
"It's just tough to stand on the sideline and coach when you think you're probably a little better football team and know that you're probably a little bit better athletically, then we're doing the little things on the field when we're not keeping that concentration and we get those little breakdowns.
"If we're going to survive the rest of this season we're going to have to play better for 48 minutes.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.