Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Preseason football: Alonso 31, Spoto 6

RIVERVIEW — The anticipated matchup between two of the county's better running backs gave way to one team's quarterback play Friday night.

Alonso's Ish Witter and Spoto's Eric Moate showed flashes in spurts but Ravens quarterback Brandon Hawkins stood out in a 31-6 preseason victory.

Witter produced 42 yards and scored the game's first touchdown on a 9-yard run. Hawkins, meanwhile, led two more first-half scoring drives.

Hawkins tossed a 16-yard touchdown to Marcus Mosley for Alonso's second TD and followed with a 70-yard drive late in the first half that included 31-yard pass to Mosley. That drive ended with a 27-yard field goal by Gage Fox.

Alonso also scored on defense when Roosevelt Lawrence returned a mishandled Spoto punt snap 4 yards for a touchdown. Alonso junior quarterback Mark LaRosa tossed a 33-yard touchdown to Derius Davis in the third quarter.

Witter finished with 18 yards rushing and 24 receiving while Moate paced Spoto with 43 yards rushing before leaving the game in the first half after taking a hard hit.

Spoto's lone score came on a 4-yard run by Andrew Henry.

Rod Gipson, Times correspondent

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