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Thu. May 24, 2012 | David Rice

At East Bay
Scores: Riverview 15, Lennard 14
East Bay 14, Spoto 7

Spring game-breakers: Riverview sophomore QB Chase Freeman ran the ball eight times, picking up 65 yards and the touchdown that brought his team within a point despite having only three weeks of practice in new coach Mike Thornton’s option-based offense. … Lennard’s Darron Daniel carried the ball 14 times for 66 yards and both touchdowns. … Spoto junior Eric Moate returned the opening kickoff 95 yards to give the Spartans an early lead but finished the game on the losing side and favoring his right leg. … Indians RB Chris Greene ran the ball eight times for 85 yards and a touchdown.

Did you know? Moate returned a kickoff 98 yards for a TD last season against Jesuit, and will be counted on much more in 2012. Coach Dale Caparaso said Moate, who averaged 11 carries last season, should get the ball twice that amount this season.

Audible 1: “As adults, the coaches can put a lot of what happens in these spring games into perspective and go back to work the next day, but these kids can be a bit more fickle. After some of the results these guys have had in recent years, I thought it was important for us to win this game and get our summer rolling in the right direction. To put together an 11-play drive and win the game on a two-point conversion showed a lot of character, I thought.”— Thornton

Audible 2: “We’ve been coaching these kids like it's Week 6 of the regular season. We can’t let them slowly get into it, we’ve got to hit the ground running going into the summer.”— East Bay coach Frank LaRosa

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