By Frank Vajcner
We now take a drive up M-85 and make a stop next to Crystal Gardens Reception Center. Riverview has been on one of the best four-year stretches in school history. Will the schedule allow for the Pirates to extend that run for a fifth year?
Aug 26: Dearborn Divine Child
Sept 2: @ Jefferson
Sept 10: @ New Boston Huron
Sept 17: Flat Rock
Sept 24: @ SMCC
Oct 1: Milan
Oct 8: @ Airport
Oct 15: Grosse Ile
Oct 22: @ Monroe
Gut-Check Game: at Huron. You can’t help but wonder what would have happened had both teams played last season, as the game was a casualty due to COVID. The Chiefs will serve as the first big road test for the Pirates, and the winner of this game will get a leg up in the Huron League race.
Trap Game: at SMCC. Even though the Pirates thrashed the Falcons last season, that was at home. Playing at Navarre Field is a different animal. Throw in that this game comes a week before Milan comes to town, and this falls in another potential look-ahead spot. Derek McLaughlin will have to keep his squad focused.
Snoozer: We hate to keep beating a dead horse, but Flat Rock still fits the bill here.
Non-Conference Challenge: The Pirates have added a couple of familiar faces to the non-conference slate. Dearborn Divine Child comes to town to open a brand new stadium. The Falcons have been down in the last few years, but were strong before that. Riverview will then travel to Monroe to close out the regular season.
Notable: The game against Divine Child is a rematch of the 2017 Regional Championship, which the Pirates won 36-31…Monroe returns to the schedule for the first time since 1979, when both schools were members of the Great Lakes-8 conference.
Thoughts from Frank: You have to give Riverview some credit for upgrading their out-of-conference slate. Divine Child may not be what they were back in 2017, but the rematch of a classic game definitely provides some juice. Monroe as a Week 9 provides some intrigue as well. The Huron League slate is always going to be a meat grinder. I fully believe the Pirates will be able to make the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season.
Thoughts from Gary: Well done to the AD for the upgrade in weeks 1 and 9. Not just from a fan standpoint, wanting to see great games, but from a playoff standpoint. The 5 and 6 multiplier that DDC and Monroe bring are much needed on the schedule for the Pirates
Thoughts from Chris: Riverview is poised for a great year. Adding Divine Child and Monroe to the non-conference is certainly an upgrade. The Huron League slate will be tough as usual with Milan, SMCC, Huron and rival Grosse Ile standing out as tough games on the schedule.