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Riverview 24, Brandon 17

RIVERVIEW — Riverview recovered a fumble with 1:15 remaining in the game to preserve a 24-17 victory over Brandon Friday night.

The Eagles (2-8) dominated early, taking a 7-0 lead when quarterback Josh Celerin connected with Greg LaClair on a 35-yard touchdown.

The Eagles defense, with some help from Riverview's penalties, preserved the lead by stopping the Sharks on four consecutive plays from inside the 5-yard line, including a pair from the goal line.

Picking up where the defense left off, Celerin found Andre Galarza from 6 yards out to give the Eagles a 14-point lead.

But then Riverview (2-8) came to life

As the second half opened, Riverview's LeMarkus Dennis returned a Brandon blocked field goal 97 yards to cut the deficit in half.

After Alex O'Regan's 19-yard field goal, the Sharks defense mirrored that of their opponent's in the first half. Devin Ray intercepted a Brandon pass to kill the Eagles' drive and Eric Lampe sprinted 10 yards into the end zone to give Riverview its first lead of the game.

Ray intercepted another pass, returning it 50 yards to cap a streak of 24 consecutive points that put the Sharks up 24-14.

Brandon's Sean Watson kicked a field goal to bring the Eagles within a touchdown, but Brandon fumbled on their next possession with 1:15 remaining.

"We told our guys just to hang in there," Riverview coach Bruce Gifford said. "We had a few miscues early, but this team never gives up. We've played hard all year long and we just kept banging."


Riverview 24, Brandon 17 11/14/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 9:45am]
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