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.