Georgia High School Football Spring Preview AJC 30 In 30 Series: Riverwood Raiders

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Stadium announcers will be challenged by the name of Riverwood’s deep threat at wide receiver this year.

Matt Onyegbuchulam is a 6-foot-3, 180-pound senior that is very athletic and fast. He also starts on defense at safety.

Riverwood coach Robert Ingram (AJC file)

Riverwood coach Robert Ingram (AJC file)

When asked about the last name, Riverwood coach Robert Ingram said, “The name is Nigerian…  He is a super kid. I am really pulling for him.

“I tell him that he is the sole reason that we don’t put last names on our jerseys.”

Riverwood will have its scrimmage on Friday (today). The freshman will play at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity at 6:30.

What have the Raiders been working on this spring? “We have to get better at taking care of the ball and tackling. That is our focus. We have lost games the past two years because of those two reasons.”

Riverwood is led by RB Alex Chumbley (5-10 187), who is being scouted by Ivy League schools. Junior QB Robert Beckley has a strong arm and has improved on understanding the offense. DE-LB Zach Meads (6-2, 190) and LB Garrett Harris (5-10, 190) are defensive leaders.

As always, the Raiders will be counting on plenty of two starters, led by RB-DB Deyontae White.

Riverwood will be hard-pressed to compete for the playoffs in Region 5-AAA with 14 member schools. It is on the same side of the subregion with St. Pius, Grady and Booker T. Washington.

The name is Nigerian. He came to us from St. Louis,
MO. He is a super kid. I am really pulling for him. I tell
him that he is the sole reason that we don’t put last
names on our jerseys

Team: Riverwood Raiders

Spring Game: 5 p.m. Friday (today)

Spring practice dates: Ends today

Last year’s record: 2-8

Starters lost: 9

Head coach: Robert Ingram

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9 comments Add your comment

Hankie Aron

May 14th, 2010
1:57 pm

ANY CHANCE OF DOING A LITTLE REPORTING ON SOME NORTH GA TEAMS? I HAVE YET TO SEE CHEROKEE, ETOWAY, SEQUOYAH, OR WOODSTOCK ON HERE.

DAWGSBABY

May 14th, 2010
6:54 pm

whats the story on this Deyontae White fellow?????????? im hearing good things about him. Do u have any info on him michael????

John

May 14th, 2010
7:59 pm

What about a report on the Douglass High School Astros

Mays Ride

May 14th, 2010
11:30 pm

@ John because douglass is coming off a 1-9 season and the only team they beat finished 0-10 that’s a pretty good reason not to write about them

Mitchell

May 15th, 2010
12:16 am

WHat about that mark kaplan kid?! i heard hes 6′4” and 305!!!

Mitchell

May 15th, 2010
12:17 am

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5 star

May 15th, 2010
12:25 am

what about the starting center/long snapper Thompson Rose?

Bruiseer

May 16th, 2010
2:55 am

footballfan

May 23rd, 2010
5:40 pm

come see them both we need your $7