Few teams have been as dominant as the Riverside Chargers football team.
Since the school's first season on the gridiron, the Chargers have dropped just one game. In three years of play, Riverside has a combined record of 31-1.
They hope to continue that dominance Friday night as they aim for their third-straight six-man state championship when they take on Cody-Kilgore at the University of Nebraska-Kearney's Foster Field.
The Chargers will be without their do-everything man in Noah Valasek, but the cupboard is far from bare. Sophomore Ty Martinsen seems well-prepared to take the reigns from Valasek as he currently is second on the team in passing yards, rushing yards and total tackles.
Riverside has two freshman that look to be future stars as well in Trey Carraher and Tredyn Prososki. Carraher has accounted for more than 640 yards offensively and currently leads the team in tackles with 118. Prososki has added 16 touchdowns offensively and is just 61 yards away from being the third Charger this season with 1,000 total yards, after Valasek and Martinsen.
The Chargers will have to contend with a strong Cody-Kilgore rushing attack, led by Garrett Egger's 1,594 yards and eight scores. Tyler Ravenscroft has added 706 yards while Cade Cody has accounted for 611 yards as well for the Cowboys.
Egger also leads the Cowboy defense, accounting for 108 tackles.
Game time is set for 7 P.M. in Kearney.
The Riverside Chargers had high hopes of making their first-ever trip to the state tournament after a spectacular season.
Unfortunately, a determined Hampton squad stood in their way.
The Hawks took down Riverside in straight sets, 25-21, 25-15, 25-16 to advance to the state tournament.
Maddie Walkowiak recorded 10 kills and seven digs on the night. She was often set up by Baylee Wlaschin, who finished with 23 assists.
Unfortunately, despite their strong offensive efforts, the Chargers struggled against Hampton's serving, allowing nine aces on the night.
The loss likely ends the Chargers' season at 22-10. The 22 wins is the most in the schools three-year history, topping last year's 17 wins.
Thanks in part to junior Maddie Walkowiak, Riverside had no problem working their way through subdistricts on Monday night and earning a spot in the district finals Thursday.
The Chargers won both their subdistrict matches in straight sets to move on to the finals. In their first showdown with Elba, the Chargers won easily 25-15, 25-7, 25-8.
Walkowiak led the attack, putting down 13 kills and two aces. Grace Schalk also did her part, serving up four more aces in the match.
The win sent Riverside on to a match up with a well-known opponent. They took on Spalding Academy, topping the Shamrocks in straight sets 25-17, 25-20, 25-21.
Walkowiak once again led the Chargers, putting down 16 kills on 27 attempts. Morgan Haschke did her part in the win, adding nine kills in the match.
While the site is yet to be determined, the Chargers do know they will be taking on Hampton on Thursday for a chance to head to the state tournament in Lincoln.
As they have all season, the Riverside Chargers dominated the competition. This time it was Spalding Academy who became the victim on Friday night.
Riverside took the game handily, 58-12.
The Chargers owned the game from the opening kick, putting up 28 points in the first quarter and 24 in the second before calling off the hounds.
Noah Valasek spent plenty of time in the end zone on the night, as he has much of the season. Valasek threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another two. Those five scores brings his season total to 46 touchdowns in 2016.
Now at 8-0 and a likely lock to be the top seed in the playoffs, the Chargers now must await the announcement of their first round opponent.
In other Boone County action:
Boone Central/Newman Grove took down Grand Island Central Catholic on Thursday, winning 35-13.
Riverside was well represented at the State Cross Country Meet in Kearney.
That's because Amber Berger, a senior, competed at the meet and performed well, finishing 87 out of 148 runners.
Her time of 23:14.6 was less than 25 seconds behind the top half of the field. The top 15 runners all medaled.
Rylee Rice of Ainsworth took home the first place medal with a time of 18:34.3.
The Riverside reign of dominance continued Friday night, this time with an 82-13 win over Walthill.
The Chargers wasted no time getting the scoring going, lighting up the score board with 27 points in the first quarter while allowing just six points.
In the second quarter, Riverside stepped on the accelerator, shutting out Walthill while scoring 42 points to head into halftime with a 69-6 lead.
They did not allow another Walthill score until the fourth quarter, while at the same time scoring their final 13 points of the game.
Both Noah Valasek and Tredyn Prososki went six for seven through the air on the night. Valasek threw for 155 yards while Prososki gathered up 123 yards. Each was responsible for four passing touchdowns.
Valasek was also impressive on the ground, gaining 154 yards on just nine carries and scoring another touchdown. Ty Martinsen also added a rushing touchdown for the Chargers.
Eight different Riverside receivers caught a pass on the night, with Ryan Langan leading the way with 82 yards and two touchdowns.
The Chargers now will look to complete a perfect season next week when they take on Spalding Academy.
In other Boone County action on Friday:
Boone Central/Newman Grove fell to Columbus Scotus 49-17.
Spalding Academy took down St. Edward 52-6.
Riverside had a lot to be proud of Tuesday night after handing the previously unbeaten Elgin Public/Pope John Wolfpack their first loss of the year at the EPPJ Triangular.
The Chargers took down EPPJ in three sets, 25-20, 16-25, 25-18.
Maddie Walkowiak led the Riverside offense with 11 kills. Grace Schalk added nine kills of her own. The Riverside serving was on point as well, led by three aces from Morgan Haschke.
Riverside also took on Neligh-Oakdale, taking the win in three sets 25-15 and 25-18.
Walkowiak and Schalk once again led the Chargers, this time with eight and six kills, respectively.
The Chargers now turn their focus towards the Goldenrod Conference Tournament. The tournament is set to begin Thursday in Humphrey.
In the much-anticipated rematch of last year's six-man championship game, it turned out to be a similar result as Riverside took down St. Edward handily, winning 70-33.
It was a close one early, with both teams trading scores over the first two quarters, with Riverside taking a slim 41-26 lead into the half.
St. Edward looked to close the gap as they opened the second half with a score. However, that would be all the closer the Chargers would allow the game to be. On the strength of their do-everything man Noah Valasek, Riverside pulled away in the second half to take home a big win that secures their spot as the favorite to repeat as state champions.
Valasek threw for 186 yards and three touchdowns on the night. He also added 139 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
Ty Martinsen added 109 yards on the ground for the Chargers. He also collected a touchdown and 22 yards receiving.
Tredyn Prososki hauled in five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown as well for Riverside.
For St. Edward, Jonah Micek completed 10 of his 19 attempts for 165 yards and a touchdown.
Brayden Olson led the Beaver's rushing attack with 94 yards and two touchdowns.
Riverside now turns their attention to a showdown with Walthill next Friday. St. Edward looks to return to the win column next Friday when they take on Spalding Academy.
In other Boone County action:
Boone Central/Newman Grove handled Adams Central 30-6.
On a team known for it's talented upperclassmen, it was a freshman that shined the brightest for the Riverside Chargers Friday night.
Freshman Trey Carraher led the Chargers to a 72-6 win over Elba. On just seven carries, Carraher earned 260 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Chargers.
Noah Valasek added 89 yards on just two carries, both of which went for scores. Keaton Carraher also had seven carries, added 80 yards on the ground.
Riverside now focuses on Santee next Friday.
Other Boone County games from Friday:
St. Edward tops Santee, 58-26.
Boone Central lost a heartbreaker, 22-21.
Riverside went 1-1 on Thursday night, moving to 7-4 on the season.
At Elgin, the Chargers defeated Nebraska Christian 25-22, 22-25, 25-23 and then fell to Elgin Public/Pope John 25-16, 25-18.
Against Nebraska Christian, sophomore Morgan Haschke had 12 kills while Maddie Walkowiak and Grace Schalk added 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Baylee Wlaschin had 36 set assists, and Alix Bloom had 10 digs.
Against the undefeated Wolfpack, which lead Class D1 in wildcard points, Walkowiak had seven kills and Wlaschin had 14 set assists and two solo blocks.