East Mills’ Logan Currin threw for a career-high 289 yards and four touchdowns while the Wolverine defense held Riverside to just 30 yards rushing in a 41-7, Class A District 9 football victory Friday.
“We knew this would be a physical, athletic team and kids wanted to come out and make sure we made a statement early,” said East Mills coach Andy Irwin.
With the Bulldogs determined to slow the Wolverines’ running game, they loaded the box. Currin, the East Mills signal-caller, was ready.
Currin completed 11-of-19 passes with all four touchdown tosses going to Travis Tupper. The senior wideout caught six passes for 192 yards to go with his four scores.
“This is the most confidant I’ve seen him throwing the ball,” Irwin said of Currin. “Our receivers ran great routes, our line really blocked well, they did a lot of blitzing. This was just a solid game overall for us throwing the ball.”
Even with leading rusher Colby Jennings bottled up early – he finished with a season-low 83 yards on 19 carries – the Wolverines never seemed to have trouble moving the ball.
“It was pretty obvious they wanted to stop Colby,” Irwin said. “He always runs hard and when we had success throwing early that loosened things up for him and our running game.”
The Riverside offense had no such luck against the Wolverines defense. The Bulldogs never got their running game going, rushing 34 times for just 30 yards and finishing with 150 total yards and three turnovers. Michael Story led the defense with 16 tackles while Jennings added 11 tackles. Gabe Barney wrapped up three tackles and picked off two passes.
“We changed up our defense this year from last year to take advantage of our speed in some spots and the guys did a great job making plays and reading their keys. We really tackled well against a tough, shifty group of running backs.”
The win moves the Wolverines to 3-0 in District 8 with Westwood coming to Malvern Friday before a big road test at Logan-Magnolia the following week.
“It’s a good feeling to get that first district win,” Irwin said. We felt like we played two solid non-district games but its always good to start districts with a win.”