In the “Battle of ‘Boro” in Murfreesboro, TN, Oakland had a 4th quarter surge to seal the victory over Riverdale 42-20. Cover Photo courtesy of Jason Goode Sports Photography
Known statewide as “The Battle of the Borough”, this annual matchup between the Oakland Patriots and the Riverdale Warriors was set up to be a great game – both schools entering the night with 7-1 records. Featured twice before in the Great American Rivalry Series and voted “Top 10 games” in the District, the two schools came ready to win.
The series dates back to 1974 and has historically seen Riverdale win more often than not. However, the Oakland Patriots won last year, 41-7 and entered the game ready for a win. The first quarter was an offensive story – Oakland scoring first with an 80-yard pass to #8 putting them on the board first 7-0. Riverdale answers quickly with a TD but missed the extra point so 7-6 in the first quarter. It was Riverdale’s turn to score next and the two-point conversion was good but Oakland answers with a TD as well – 14-14 at halftime. Oakland dominates the second half, scoring quickly twice, 28-14 but Riverdale scores again and again misses the extra point so 28-20 in the 3rd quarter. From there, it was Oakland’s game, scoring twice more – final score is 42-20 with the Patriots victorious.
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- Oakland vs. Riverdale – 2014