The Riverview Pirates (11-0) will host the Falcons of Divine Child (9-2) on Friday at 7 pm. These two teams met in the opening game of the 2022 season and the Pirates came out on top by a score of 34-28. These teams last met in the playoffs back in 2017 as the Pirates defeated the Falcons 36-31 when both teams were Division 3.
Riverview is led by a bruising rushing attack averaging nearly 400 yards and 38 ppg. Jacob Shank, Gavin Blackwood, Anthony Bowman and Max Lockhart are RB’s by committee in the Powerful T offense. The offensive line is led Gavin Labadie and Gabe Landskroener. Defensively, the Pirates are giving up just 16 ppg and are led by Zach Werling, Shane McAlinden and Lockhart.
For Divine Child, the Falcons are led on offense by senior Robert Lalain (QB) and freshman Marcello Vitti (RB). Lalain is a big strong QB who has picked up numerous D2 and NAIA offers. Although just a yearling, Vitti is a star in the making and has already received a D1 offer from Central Michigan. Both lines are anchored by 4-year senior starter Dylan Senda. He is committed to Northwestern. Senior Isaiah Ploucha is a 3-year starter at defensive line and is verbally committed to Saginaw Valley. The linebacking corp is led by 3-year senior starter Nick Cibor.
This should be a great game between two teams that have vastly improved since week 1. DC has lots of star power and high-end athletes while Riverview is your typical T-style team that lives in the weight room. This is a battle between a veteran head coach in Riverview’s Derrick MacLaughlin and Falcon’s first-year head coach Chris Laney. The key for the Falcons will be to get a few stops against the Pirates’ 4 down offense while avoiding the home run ball. For Riverview, they will have to play well defensively. DC is capable of putting up points just like Riverview is.
Chris: Riverview 30 Divine Child 28
Frank: Riverview 38 Divine Child 31
Gary: Riverview 32 Divine Child 21