Bloomington loses a wild one, 54-40

In a game that featured plenty of offense and little defense, Riverside Patriot (3-6, 1-3) pulled away in the fourth quarter for a wild 54-40 Sunkist League victory over Bloomington (4-5, 0-4) on Thursday. These were two teams who won’t be in the playoffs, but very much wanted to win.

The game featured:
Six lead changes, the last coming in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
Only 1 punt between the 2 teams, and only 1 turnover.
A total of 22 first downs and 458 yards of total offense by Patriot and 15 first downs and 400 yards of total offense by Bloomington.
A pair of 200-yard rushers: Nano Martinez of Patriot (28 carries, 201 yards, five rush TDs, 1 receiving TD), Johnta Carter of Bloomington (24 carries, 237 yards, three TDs, one 2-point receiving conversion)
Patriot converting seven of eight third-down chances, and Bloomington converting six of 10.
lA total of 106 yards in penalties by Bloomington and 52 by Patriot.
A mess for point-after conversions. Bloomington was 2 of 3 kicking extra points and 1 of 3 on 2-point conversions. Patriot was 2 of 5 kicking extra points and 2 of 3 on 2-point conversions.