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Brandon will be without top wide receiver Jalen Stringfellow for the next four weeks due to a broken collarbone, head coach John Lima said. That stretch includes three district games against Riverview, Plant City and East Bay. Thanks to a 34-0 upset of Newsome last week, Brandon is currently in a four-way tie for second place in Class 7A-8.
The Eagles run the ball on 86 percent of their offensive snaps, but Stringfellow posted big numbers in a loss against Sickles two weeks ago, hauling in six catches for 102 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Alan Knippel attempted a season-high 11 passes in that game.
And of the 11 completed passes Knippel has thrown this year, Stringfellow has caught eight of them.
“I’m always fighting with coach to get more passes,” Knippel said.
“We have a good O-line that gives me enough time to get back and make my reads,” he said. I just need a chance to throw the ball, and when he (Lima) does, you see what happens. “
Brandon (2-3) faces Plant (5-0) tonight in a nondistrcit matchup.