Rachal playing mistake-free football

Riverside Academy is undefeated and ranked near the top of Class 2A, and the Rebels have one of the most underrated players in the state calling the signals on offense.

Darnell Rachal isn't receiving much attention from college recruiters, but the senior quarterback from Riverside Academy is causing opposing defensive coordinators to reach for the aspirin.

The Rebels, off to a 4-0 start, have greatly benefited from the play of the dual-threat Rachal, who has rushed for 600 yards on 67 carries (8.1 ypc) with six TDs and completed 28-of-42 passes for 525 yards with seven TDs (and no interceptions).

"We're just working hard," said Rachal. "We know that we have to come out and perform - show people what we're working with."

The Rebels are expected to win easily this week vs. 1-3 Thomas Jefferson, a program in only its second season of varsity football. In Week Six, however, the challenge of John Curtis awaits.

Curtis defeated Riverside twice last year, once in regular season district play and once in the second-round of the playoffs. The combined score in those two losses was 68-10, but that doesn't faze Rachal.

"We're confident that we can win," he said. "We need to have a balanced offense against Curtis and we need to keep playing good defense. We're going to have to throw the ball with success in that game."

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