"Since then, we realized we can throw it around pretty well, and we've kept rolling with it. We realized we can get behind people, and that's what we've been doing the last five, six weeks.''
Passing hasn't always been a staple at Riverside, since Rumberg stands as just the sixth passer to reach 1,000 yards for the season since the school opened in 1999.
"We've got a pretty smart quarterback,'' Johnson said. "Deep routes, short routes, intermediate routes, Trevor does a great job taking what the defense gives us, as to what routes are open. He's an all-around great quarterback.
"Rumberg plays a big role [in running the ball], too. At Winfield, the first play of the game he runs 70-plus yards on an option play. He's just a weapon, and we're blessed to use him like we have. We've never been a pass-heavy team, but we're more confident in calling pass plays than if Trevor wasn't playing quarterback. He makes great decisions and makes it easy calling plays.''
Reed (6-0, 156), a point guard who has been one of the basketball team's leading scorers since his freshman season, has also experienced some big outings.
He caught 10 passes for 215 yards and a TD against Parkersburg and the following week against Capital, grabbed eight more passes for 129 yards and a score. On Friday, he added eight more receptions on Woodrow Wilson for 114 yards.
"Marcus has been the big [surprise], I guess,'' said Warriors coach Ralph Hensley. "He's been a great big plus for us, and the kids are thrilled to death to have him. You can tell he plays basketball, because he goes up and gets the ball when he catches it. In the St. Albans game, he made a really outstanding catch in the end zone that was due to his basketball ability.
"He's been outstanding right from the very start. I was kind of shocked because he caught everything we threw to him. You get it close to him, he catches it. In our first game, I said to myself, 'Wow, we have somebody we can go to.' He and Lain have both been responding well. They take coaching well. They don't say, 'I can't do it.' They go out and try to get it done.''
The two best games for Lain (5-9, 157) have come against Parkersburg (six catches, 88 yards) and Midland (five catches, 85 yards, TD and a TD run).
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