Riverview at Dearborn Heights Crestwood Men’s Football Photo Gallery
It seemed urgent to be on the scoreboard at the start of Tuesday’s non-league football game between Riverview and Dearborn Heights host Crestwood. And for good reason.
A storm carrying not only rain, but also severe thunderstorms, was heading towards the Detroit metro area and the forecast was for a game that would end before the clock hit zero.
The Visiting Pirates scored first and last to score a 2-1 victory over the Chargers in a game that was called with 28:56 left in the second half after a lightning bolt was spotted in the area. The officials did a good job of getting the game off to a quick start, which allowed the three quarters to be completed.
Despite this being an early season game, both teams looked sharp in a very balanced game. Both teams played hard, smart and focused on possession over kicking and running.
Crestwood controlled play early in the game, but Riverview (5-2-1, 2-0 Huron League) had the best luck in the opening minutes when a shot bounced off the post in a play that was ultimately deemed offside.
With 23:45 left in the first half, Crestwood (2-6-1) had his best luck until then when Ali Karaali gave a superb pass and had a great run but pushed his shot just to the right of the far post. .
With 14:08 left in the first half, the Pirates scored that crucial first goal on a Jacob Bias throw-in that landed just in front of the goal and bounced off a Crestwood player and into the net. Owen Gallagher was around and credited with the goal.
With 6:35 left in the first half, Crestwood’s Luke Buendia passed to Michael Ahmad who buried him in the net to tie the game at 1-1.
The Pirates scored the eventual winner of the match on a game similar to their first goal. Once again, Bias threw a perfect touch right in front of Crestwood’s goal. This time, rookie Jack Bias delivered the ball to the back of the net with 37:10 left in the game.
The Chargers had a few runs, including a few corners, later in the second half, but couldn’t secure the equalizer until lightning zapped their comeback attempt for good.
Both teams were to return to the league the next day. Riverview was to host Flat Rock and Crestwood was to play the WWAC home opener against Robichaud.