Thomas, a converted tailback from wingback, was at the forefront of that on Thursday, scoring touchdowns from 3, 71 and 11 yards out to begin the scoring. Childers added one from 42 yards before Thomas closed on the first half with a 1-yard score with just 16 seconds left.
Freeman said his message at halftime was to just win the second half, but about the time Hendricks spun in and out of three tackles and exploded downfield for a 97-yard touchdown return on the kickoff to start the third quarter, that goal was in serious jeopardy as well.
"Cabell Midland is a good football team," Freeman said. "The big thing is, that's where we've got to get to. We've got a lot of young kids, really three kids with any experience on Friday nights."
Brooks Gillispie caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Pettit to continue the onslaught and Pettit's run made it 56-0 at the end of three. Ellis and Jarrell each added touchdown runs to complete the scoring.
Midland will play at Winfield next week while Riverside will continue what may be the toughest opening five games of any team in the state by playing at Capital.
After that, it's a home date with Hurricane followed by road trips to George Washington and Woodrow Wilson.
"We've got a terrible conference schedule, but there is no easy game when you play in the MSAC," Freeman said. "We've just got to keep it positive on the sidelines."
Will Jackson had 57 yards on 19 carries to lead Riverside.
Quarterback Cole Sigman threw two interceptions while both teams fumbled three times and lost two, most of which came in the final few minutes.
The game went under delay for several minutes with 6:05 remaining in the fourth quarter after Midland's Devin Stapleton was injured. An ambulance had to be called and he was put on a stretcher. Salmons said there was no information about his status after the game.
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