DOVER — The Strawberry Crest (5-2) defense forced and recovered four fumbles to slow Riverview’s rush attack in a 24-7 Chargers victory.
The Sharks completed just one pass, which resulted in the team’s only score.
“With a team with this type of philosophy, they try to lull you to sleep with the run,” Strawberry Crest coach John Kelly said. “They caught us with a few big plays but overall we played solid on defense.”
The second Sharks fumble set up the Chargers inside the Riverview 10-yard line. Quarterback Austin Carswell, who threw for two touchdowns and rushed for one, capitalized on the turnover.
Despite falling behind early, Riverview remained committed to the running game. The Sharks (2-4) didn’t attempt their second pass until the final play of the third quarter.
Fred McCoy had the majority of the carries for Riverview. He had three carries longer than 10 yards but earned most of his 200 yards through short gains up the middle. He challenged the Charger defense that consistently blitzed and at times anticipated the snap count.