TAMPA — Brandon coach John Lima felt a little bit older at the end of Friday's game.
His Eagles overcame five fumbles, a slew of special teams errors and an inability to complete a pass to beat Freedom thanks to Tyrell Garner.
Brandon pitched the ball to him time and time again. By the end of the night, Garner had carried the ball 40 times for 336 yards and four touchdowns.
"He rose up and became the man for us," Lima said. "Everything I feared could happen in this game did happen. But when you have a player like that who can make plays, you can still win."
On defense, the Eagles allowed the Patriots to run for just 5 yards.
"It came down to fundamentals," Lima said. "We're a young team. But we have nine linemen, so we were able to keep our guys fresh. And they went in there, got low and kept their offensive line from pushing us back."
David Rice, Times correspondent