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River Sports 11/8/12
Written by Jason Miller, Correspondent   
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 2:57 PM

Head Coach Mike Flannery, regarding the playoff experience, said, “This is a great thing that happens only once in a while.”

The Pilots football team and fans made a three-hour journey to take on the Blue Devils of Danville.

The game began in a defensive battle with the score deadlocked. During Danville’s opening possession, River forced and recovered a fumble inside Danville territory. River failed to capitalize on a missed field goal attempt. At the conclusion of the first quarter, no scoring was posted.

Early in the second quarter, the River defense forced another turnover. They intercepted a pass from Bruce Staats who passed for 2,057 yards, 21 touchdowns, and four interceptions during the year. River, once again, failed to capitalize on the turnover. Danville marched down to the shadows of River’s goalpost. The Pilots proved they had an enduring goal line defense, forcing a fumble; the Pilots were up three in the turnover margin. River’s offense went three and out. On fourth down, in punting formation, the snap was fumbled and Danville lit up the board scoring a touchdown. They successfully completed a two-point conversion. On the following possession, Cody Caldwell’s pass was picked off. Danville then scored and failed on the conversion. At the half, River trailed by a score of 14-0.