MURFREESBORO, TN — Oakland didn’t have much trouble in the season-opening tilt with rival Riverdale.
The Oakland Patriots easily beat the Riverdale Warriors 41-7 on Thursday night in the annual “Battle of the ‘Boro” in front of more than 9,000 fans at Tomahawk Stadium. The game opened the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.
The Patriots, who picked up their most lopsided win in the series, snapped a two-game losing streak to the Warriors in a game featuring two of Rutherford County’s oldest programs. The Warriors still lead the all-time series 32-12.
Senior back Fred Wade, who didn’t play a single down last season after tearing his ACL, was named the Great American Rivalry Series Most Valuable Player after running 11 times for 171 yards and two TDs. He gave the Patriots a lead they would never relinquish, going 88 yards on their first offensive play of the season, and he went in from six yards out for the only score of the second half.
After a disappointing 6-5 season in 2012, the Patriots, featuring five players with Division I offers, have been projected to make a strong push to win their first state title since 2008. They showed why early on.
Oakland built a 20-0 lead — which included a 14-yard TD on an interception by 245-pound sophomore tackle Ty Nix — and never looked back. Riverdale’s only score was a 16-yard run by sophomore Ken Collins that made it 20-7.
The Patriots finished with 306 total yards — 293 on the ground — and held the Warriors to under 150 total yards.
Both teams are on the road next Friday night, as Oakland (1-0) heads to Memphis White Station and Riverdale (0-1) visits Bradley Central.
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- Riverdale vs. Oakland (8-22-2013)