RIVERVIEW — As Riverview and Spoto opened their season Saturday night, it was Riverview who came out on top 24-17.
Spoto took a 14-10 lead into halftime, but turnovers haunted the Spartans in the second half. Riverview's Mike McGuire turned a fumble into a 42-yard TD to give the Sharks the knockout punch.
"That play was the score we won by; it was very key for us," said Riverview coach Mike Thornton. "It was a botched handoff that popped into Mike's arms and he was as quick as ever running down the sidelines."
Along with Riverview's aggressive, turnover-hungry defense, its offensive running attack shined as the rushers scored two touchdowns on 51 rushes for 276 yards.
Spoto receiver Bryan Barr caught seven passes for 138 yards.
Michael Paonessa, Times correspondent