Riverside (0-4) had a few highlights.
Sophomore quarterback Cole Sigman had his best outing yet, completing 7 of 15 passes for 143 yards, including a hookup of 41 yards to Darius Booker to set up his team's lone touchdown, a 4-yard run by Will Jackson (12 carries, 47 yards). Sigman also connected with Jacob Mullins for a 31-yard gain that led to Derik Chestnut's 22-yard field goal.
Riverside has opened its season with one of the state's toughest schedules -- games against Midland, Capital, Hurricane and GW, who are now a combined 13-2. In their first scrimmage, the Warriors worked out against No. 1-ranked Huntington.
"We scrimmaged the No. 1 team in the state, and I guess it's legitimate now,'' said Riverside first-year coach Steven Freeman of the still-unbeaten Highlanders' ranking. "Then obviously Midland falls in there at two or three. GW is right up there with those two teams. I think it just depends -- if they play head to head -- how they play that day, and how their season plays out.
"We've obviously played some of the top-tier competition in our conference and we can look at that and say, hey, that's the baseline for what we've got to get to. That's where we've got to be and that's where Riverside used to be. Riverside used to be at the top of the conference, and that's what we've got to get back to. We saw some good things tonight.''
None of the next four teams on the Warriors' schedule own a winning record -- Woodrow Wilson (1-2), St. Albans (0-3), Spring Valley (2-2) and Princeton (2-2).
GW, meanwhile, closes out the regular season with games against Princeton, Hurricane (3-1), Midland (3-1), Parkersburg (1-2), Ripley (0-3) and Capital (3-0).
"This is really where we're going to have to come together,'' Riffe said. "This is really what's going to determine the rest of the season, my senior season. This is what's going to prove to us what we're capable of.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.