Riverside got out of the gate fast, then finished with a flourish to defeat South, 38-21, Friday night and create a potentially interesting scenario for the Premier Athletic Conference championship next week.

The Beavers (6-3, 3-1) put themselves into position to create a three-way tie for the PAC title if they can knock off Madison (7-2, 4-0) next Friday at Riverside Stadium. The Blue Streaks assured themselves of at least a share of the title with a 20-9 win Friday at North. Chardon (6-3, 3-1) can also be a part of the title picture if it defeats South next Friday and Riverside defeats Madison.

In Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division action, Grand Valley scored first, but couldn’t maintain the pace in a 34-12 loss to Berkshire. In another CVC Valley game, Kirtland handled Newbury, 45-8.

In other scores from around the region, Ledgemont lost a 14-7 non-conference road decision to Keystone, Pa., Hawken blanked Cardinal, 14-0, in a game that crossed CVC divisional lines, Fairport outlasted Independence, 28-27, in double overtime and Cuyahoga Heights defeated Richmond Heights, 35-14, in CVC Metro action.

In CVC Chagrin Division action, Kenston got past Chagrin Falls, 19-15, Wickliffe upset Beachwood, 21-12, and Aurora topped Orange, 33-13. In an East Suburban game, undefeated Mathews (9-0, 5-0) set up a title match next Friday at Pymatuning Valley with a 61-6 demolition of Lutheran East.

n RIVERSIDE 38, SOUTH 21 — The Beavers scored 14 points in the first quarter and 17 points in the fourth quarter to secure its victory. Starting quarterback Kyle Shaffer got Riverside out of the gate fast with an 18-yard scoring pass to Alex Denman, while his quarterbacking pal, Andrew Foit, did damage with his legs with a 50-yard scoring run in the first quarter and an 18-yard scoring sprint to close out the scoring.

Riverside used a balanced rushing attack that ground out 308 yards. Aaron Suydam led the Beavers with 132 yards on 22 carries, including a 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Foit added 76 yards rushing on just seven carries. The Beavers also got a fumble recovery for a score by Tyler Falvey and a 32-yard field goal and five extra-point kicks from Garrett Biese.

n BERKSHIRE 34, GRAND VALLEY 12 — Warren Hooper opened the scoring for the Mustangs with a two-yard run, but the Badgers’ Brock Burzanko ran wild, rushing for 277 yards on 20 carries and scoring on run of 46 yards in the second quarter, 41 yards in the third quarter and 30 and 47 yards in the fourth quarter.

The other score for GV (0-9, 0-6) came on a 57-yard pass from Trenton Doing to Logan Nye in the third quarter. Nick Cichon caught an 85-yard scoring pass from Jerrod Ronyak for the other score for Berkshire (5-4, 3-3) in the second quarter to put the Badgers ahead to stay.

— Karl Pearson


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