Riverside's defense gave Hurricane problems early until Hensley and Taylor flipped the switch and played an up-tempo game, snapping the ball many times before Riverside was even set.
Hensley looked comfortable throughout, and Taylor said a great quarterback is needed to switch tempos and strategies mid-game. There's little doubt his senior signal-caller can handle the duties.
"He gets to change a few things on the line of scrimmage here and there -- we give him some audible reads," Taylor said. "We go turbo a little bit, go a little bit fast and then sometimes we go no-huddle -- we've got a couple of different speeds we try to go. When we go slow sometimes it doesn't go so well, like the beginning of this game."
Jackson led the Warriors with 93 yards on 13 carries (all in the first half) while quarterback Cole Sigman completed just 2 of 10 passes for 76 yards, highlighted by a 71-yard connection to Jeffery Wong that set up a 22-yard field goal by Derik Chestnut.
That cut Hurricane's lead to 21-9 in the second quarter and the Warriors forced Hurricane into a fourth-and-6 from its own 46. The Redskins converted on a pass from Hensley to Henry Sorsaia and three plays later, they were in the end zone on a 17-yard toss from Hensley to Ford.
After a 70-0 loss to Cabell Midland and a 68-7 defeat to Capital over the first two weeks, first-year Riverside coach Steve Freeman was looking for a little bit of fight from his Warriors (0-3), and he got just that, especially early.
"It's hard to keep positive with all the adversity we're facing on and off the field, but I'm proud of our guys because we get better every day," Freeman said. "We were in that game and we hadn't been in a game yet. You could tell that we were young and we didn't know how to handle that."
Hurricane running back Caperton Humphreys was a steady ground force, grinding out a game-high 134 yards on 16 carries, including a 65-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to end the scoring.
The game was plagued by 23 combined penalties and underwent a lengthy injury delay while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. It was the second such delay this season after Riverside's opener against Cabell Midland was delayed nearly 30 minutes while an ambulance was en route.
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