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.


Josh Smith


DeVon Newman


DeVon is a four year letterman and has maintained a 3.65 GPA. He’s a member of the Youth Ministry at the Mount Zion Baptist Church and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. He will attend Mississippi State University and pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.
Ben Wells


Ben is a three year letterman on the football team and was all region his junior season. Ben is a member of the National Honor Society and has spent the last two summers in the Dominican Republic doing mission work with his church. Ben plans to attend college and pursue a degree in medicine.


BJ Nelson


BJ was a two year starter in 2007 and 2008. When Oakland defeated Riverdale in 2008, Oakland snapped an 11 year district win streak that Riverdale held and BJ’s efforts helped break that streak. BJ played a major role in all phases of the game.
Gaston Miller


Gaston was a running back at Riverdale and played in this rivalry from 2003 to 2005. During his time at Riverdale, he only had three losses. He graduated in 2006 and played football at Vanderbilt University. Currently, he is a coach on the Oakland Patriots Football Team.


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.