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Riverside football enters a youth movement

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The Riverside Warriors practicing with their new coach. The Riverside Warriors practicing with their new coach.
New coach Steven Freeman has his team run drills. New coach Steven Freeman has his team run drills.

There's a youth movement going on with the football program of Riverside High School.

After having veteran coaches, a guy that could be a player's big brother takes over on the sidelines. 

"College team's have young coaches, so I was like 'it might be a good thing, you never know'" said Will Jackson, senior running back.

How young? How about 26.

"I'm lucky because I have a lot of energy, I'm young. I got time on my hands. I don't have a family, I have the time to put into the program," said Steven Freeman, Riverside head coach.

Freeman, a former Huntington assistant coach, begins his first year as head coach at Riverside. A move the team has responded to.

"If we buy into what they're saying, we can be a successful team," said Jackson.

In fact, the team is so comfortable with him they tend to have some fun at his expense.

"We're about the same height, so we make a lot of short jokes," said Jackson.

Yeah, we have fun.  And when it's time to get serious, we get serious," said Tyler Eplin, senior lineman.

Balancing that fun and seriousness, will be key if the Warriors plan a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Riverside will be in action in the Grid-O-Rama Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. as they take on Winfield.