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Riverheads High School Football Team Prepares for Defending State Champion Altavista

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The Riverheads High School football team has only lost one game all season. Stuarts Draft beat the Gladiators 32-31 in the season opener September 3rd, which means Riverheads hasn't lost after Labor Day.

The Gladiators beat Amelia County 47-21 in the first round of the Group A, Division 1 playoffs Friday, scoring the game's final 21 points.

Riverheads averages over 41 points a game this season on offense and is only giving up 13 points a game on defense.

The Gladiators face defending state champion Altavista Friday night, the team that won at Riverheads 20-17 last year to end the Gladiators' season.

That doesn't change things for a Riverheads team that's rushed for over 4,000 yards this season.

Riverheads High School head football coach Robert Casto said, "We say it here all the time. We do what we do here at Riverheads. We're going to run the football. We're going to play tough defense, or try to, and if the other team can stop us, they're going to beat us. If they can't, they're going to lose, and that's just our philosophy here. It always has been. We don't change a whole lot of stuff. We do what we've done for 15 years, and we're going to continue to do it."

The Gladiators had four offensive lineman and two running backs earn first-team all district honors.

Casto said, "Our kids have run for over 4000 yards. We have two 1,000 yard rushers and another with nine hundred and 80-some yards. We run the football, and we have several guys that can do it, that can run it. Our offensive line is a big, physical bunch of kids that really are the unsung heroes of our football team."

Riverheads hosts Altavista Friday night at 7:30.

We'll have highlights on NBC 29 HD News at 11.

Reported by Jesse Boeckermann
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