River’s Drew Dietz fends off a tackle from Harvest Prep’s Savon Mitchell during the Pilots’ 39-34 playoff victory over the Warriors Friday, Nov. 3 at Harvest Prep Academy.Lukas Isaly runs through a tackle Friday, Nov. 3 during River’s 39-34 playoff victory at Harvest Prep Academy.Hunter Dennis leads the way for Drew Wagnild Friday, Nov. 3 during River’s 39-34 victory over Harvest Prep in the Division VII playoff at Harvest Prep.

Pilots prove the doubters wrong

River takes down Harvest Prep 39-34

A few weeks ago, River seemed like a long shot for the playoffs.

Following a 34-14 loss to Linsly, the Pilots were 4-4, needing two wins to crack the top eight in Division VII, Region 27.

Three weeks later and two wins later, River traveled to Canal Winchester Friday, Nov. 3 to take on the state-ranked Harvest Prep Warriors.

The Pilots had made the playoffs, but most people probably assumed it would be a one-and-done trip.

But proving everyone wrong is just what the Pilots did, defeating the Warriors 39-34 for their first playoff win since 2008.

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