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Riverside running back Drake Woods (6) pushes ahead for a nice gain with AHSTW in pursuit.

OAKLAND – “WE HUNGRY!”

That might be the newest Twitter meme out there.

Posted by a Riverside fan in response to the News-Telegraph sports editor’s post about the Bulldog football being hungry for success, someone indeed agrees their team is indeed hungry.

Indeed, the Bulldogs satisfied some of that hunger and filled themselves at the expense of longtime rival AHSTW with a 53-12 win in Friday’s Iowa Class A first-round playoff game at Oakland.

The Bulldogs came into the game 6-1 on the year while the Vikings came in 2-2 and not playing for 28 days due to COVID-19 conditions.

AHSTW started off the game with the ball but possession quickly changed hands when Drake Woods picked off the ball for the Bulldogs. Woods then ran 25 yards on the next play for a touchdown to go up 6-0.

The Vikings struggled to get anything going all quarter and this led to some good drive by Riverside. Austin Kremkowski passed to Brogan Allensworth for 34 yards to go up 13-0 on their second drive. Bulldogs got the ball back off another Woods interception which led to a touchdown pass from Kremkoski to Woods to go up 20-0 to end the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Bulldogs continued their momentum. Riverside began the quarter with a touchdown pass from Kremkowski to Rhett Bentley. The Vikings responded with a 50 yard touchdown run from Denver Pauley to cut the lead to 27-6. The Bulldogs finished the half with two more touchdowns passes to Drake Woods to get a 46-6 lead into halftime.

Woods finished the half with three interceptions and four total touchdowns to power Riverside in a dominant performance.

The game went to a continuous clock after halftime due to the large lead built by Riverside. The Bulldogs extended their lead with a 65 yard run by Rhett Bentley to go up 53-6. Both offenses stalled a bit after the score as back ups started to go into the game. Denver Pauley for the Vikings added one more score for AHSTW but the game was already decided in a 53-12 victory for Riverside.

AHSTW ends the season at 2-3 after a lot of adversity throughout the year. The Vikings were led by Denver Pauley on the ground with 13 attempts for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Blake Hoist also added 51 yards on the ground.

Riverside improves to 7-1 on the year and will face Lawton-Bronson in the next round. The Bulldogs were led by Drake Woods collecting three touchdowns on three catches through the air and added one score on the ground. Rhett Bentley ran for 195 yards on 15 attempts and had three total touchdowns.The quarterback Austin Kremkowski threw for 158 yards and four touchdowns.

News-Telegraph sports editor Brian Rathjen added to this report