Junior David Drayton has stepped up big as quarterback for Riverside after a reshuffling of its backfield due to an injury two weeks ago.
"David Drayton has stepped in real nice," coach Tony Truilizio said. "He's been just tremendous after the last two games."
Drayton threw for three touchdowns and 122 yards on 6-of-13 passing as the Frontiers moved to 4-0 in the Harvard Cup with a 36-0 rout of Lafayette.
"He has good poise, he stands in the pocket, and he made some great reads," said Truilizio. He's quite a leader -- the team has definitely embraced him. The offensive line has, and especially the wide receivers."
Drayton was elevated from backup quarterback to starter when Terrell Bolden was moved from quarterback to running back to fill a vacancy when an injury knocked out another starter.
"Drayton is more of a true quarterback, Bolden is more of a slash-type kid," said Truilizio. "We're going to stick with it the rest of the year. We're primarily a running team, but David gives us more of a pure passer."
Drayton showed his ability and poise when he commandeered a drive in the final minutes of the first half. He completed a 38-yard pass to the 16-yard line with the clock winding down under 15 seconds, then got his team to the line of scrimmage to spike the ball to enable the Frontiers to run a last play with 1.9 seconds left.
That became a 16-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Bender that gave Riverside that much more momentum as they took a 28-0 lead to halftime.
"He got everyone to the line scrimmage," said Truilizio. "He just had control off the offense. He got up on the line, moving players around, and dropped back and hit two big passes."
Truilizio also said that Trent Alls, who had nine tackles and a sack, is being "highly recruited" by the University at Buffalo. Marquis Crouch had 11 tackles and one of Riverside's five sacks in the shutout of the Mighty Violets (3-2).