BAXTER SPRINGS — Midway through the first quarter after a fumble recovery by senior Harley Davis, Baxter Springs jumped on the Bindle Locomotive. Starting at the 12 yard line, senior Amos Bindle bulled up the middle 12 straight times for 82 yards and with junior quarterback Derek Barnes’ 2-point conversion, the Lions took their first lead of the season.
Riverton’s quarterback Chandler Underhill, who finished with 16-of-30 passing for 288 yards, after seeing three dropped passes from his receivers, hooked up with sophomore Landon North three times to move to the 29. Senior Hunter Deckard then scored on a 29 yard pass from Underhill. With three minutes gone in the game and with North’s PAT kick, the Rams started 7-0.
Riverton scored three more times in the second quarter. Underhill ran from the 14 to the 42, then he completed passes to Deckard and North to move to the Lion’s 20. Sophomore Gavin Forbes caught a pass and Riverton, with an unnecessary out of bounds roughness call, moved to the 4. With no receivers open, Underhill scrambled, scored, then ran the 2-point conversion up the middle.
The Rams’ next TD came on an on-the-fly catch by senior Dylan Weaver and a nice run from 45 yards out. With 33 seconds left in the half, on a busted play, Underhill ran in from the 12. The touchdown was set up by North’s kick off return of 31 yards and his 36 yard reception.
Baxter Springs scored with 1:15 remaining in the half with Bindle’s 7 straight carries covering 52 yards. Bindle finished the Lion’s homecoming game with an incredible workhorse effort of 192 yards on 42-yes 42 carries.
Riverton scored in the third quarter when the Rams started at the 22. With runs by senior Greyson Spriggs and Underhill they moved to the opposite 32. North, with 9 catches for 117 yards for the night, snagged a TD pass at the 7:57 mark. On the PAT, kicker North picked up a bad snap and threw to Weaver for 2 points.
The fourth quarter found Weaver with an interception at the 30 who advanced the ball to the 38. Spriggs ran 5 times and scored from 16 yards out. Spriggs had 125 yards rushing on 13 carries in the game,
With three Ram starters out with injuries, Coach Derrick Rider “was pleased with the young ones who stepped up”. After adjusting to the Lion’s run game and some players playing new positions, Coach Rider “was proud of their effort”.
The Rams are now 3-2 and the Lions are 0-5.
Riverton’s defensive end senior Nolan Wall was all over the ball as he recorded 13.5 tackles. Senior Sam Taylor had 8 tackles, and Weaver and Deckard 7.5 tackles. Underhill ended with 6.
Riverton faces Parsons at home Friday night. Baxter is on the road to Frontenac.