Lansdowne, VA (August 26, 2016) – The opening night for the two newest football programs in Loudoun County was one of high hopes and plenty of optimism on both sides of the field. By game time, despite the sweltering heat, the visitors side was almost as full as the home team side, and the student sections were impressively raucous given the fact that school has not yet begun. Rock Ridge's maturing football program is one year ahead of Riverside's, and the odds were on the Phoenix side.
Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted this gallery of images from the event.
As expected, Rock Ridge scored first, but it wasn't easy. And the Rams came roaring back with a sustained and powerful drive marked by a 50-yard bomb down the left sideline--right in front of their own bench and their excited fans. Both teams missed their extra points and the score was tied at halftime, 6-6. Each quarter was evenly played and fairly penalty-free. A great start to the new season.
As the second half opened, Rock Ridge seemed inspired and immediately ripped off a long run in the middle of a steady scoring drive. Again the extra point was missed, but the 12-6 lead would continue and become the final score.
Riverside had several good chances of their own, but couldn't quite complete the deal. They will be competitive this season, though, and should feel good about their effort. The relieved smiles on the faces of the Phoenix players and coaches at game's end told the story. Rock Ridge earned a hard-fought win, and could leave Lansdowne with early season momentum.