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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.
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.
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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