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Brandon RB Tyrell Garner will not play Friday

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Wed. November 16, 2011 | Laura Keeley | Email

For the second straight game, Brandon will be without leading rusher Tyrell Garner due to an MCL injury.

"He probably could go, but without a healthy MCL you're risking an even more serious injury," Eagles coach John Lima said. "He's going to play in college, but even if he was never going to play again, it's not worth the risk."

Though he missed last week's 47-19 loss to Jefferson, Garner still finished with 1,307 rushing yards, the fourth-most in Hillsborough County. He has a doctor's appointment scheduled for next week to further evaluate his injury, Lima said.

In Garner's absence, the Eagles will look to sophomore running back Cyrus Dooley to continue to be their go-to guy. The 5-foot-9, 210-pound Dooley rushed for a season-high 154 yards and a touchdown last week in his first game as the featured back, and he has topped 100 yards in each of the past four games.

His previous high of 149 yards came in a breakout performance in a 34-0 shutout of Newsome in which Brandon handed the Wolves their first district loss in three years. And in Brandon's other big upset of the season, a 48-36 win over previously undefeated Plant City, Dooley rushed for 111 yards.

Brandon (5-5), the runnerup in Class 7A, District 8, will travel to face District 7A-7 champion Tampa Bay Tech (7-3) this Friday.

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