Under fifth-year coach Tom Liberty, Riverside turned the corner last year, making the playoffs for the first time. Coming off a 1-8 season, the Panthers finished 6-5 and made a trip to the Class A quarterfinals before losing to Avonworth.
The Panthers made the playoffs as the No. 4 seed out of the Big Seven Conference.
"The kids know the hard work and struggles to get to where we got," Liberty said. "I told them to remember how we felt a year ago when we lost to Avonworth. That is what drives me and the kids. It is a great group of kids."
Leading the way this season is Jason Dambach (6-3, 190, Sr., QB), who was recently invited to compete in a Blue-Grey All-American Bowl on Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fla.