Fullback Bubba May rushed for a pair of first-half touchdowns and an opportunistic Riverview defense kept a frisky Pinellas Park offense at bay as the Rams won their 30th consecutive game over a Pinellas County opponent, 20-0 over the Patriots on Friday night.
Riverview, the top-ranked Class 5A team in the state, improved to 3-1, 2-0 in Class 5A, District 8. Pinellas Park dropped to 0-4, 0-2 in the district.
"They say weather like that is the great equalizer and it sure was that tonight," Riverview coach John Sprague said of the non-stop deluge which turned the Patriots field into a quagmire. "We couldn't turn the corners. We couldn't hold our blocks. We just never got into our game."
Not completely, perhaps, but they got into it just enough to put the Patriots, and the game, away fairly early. May, a 260-pound sophomore, scored from 6 yards out midway through the first quarter and from the 1 yard line a minute before halftime. In between, sophomore flanker Anthony "Amp" Campbell returned a Malcolm Acree punt 60 yards down the left sideline for another score.
The Rams touchdowns were the only highlights in an otherwise error-filled and uneventful game; a contest which saw the Patriots (four fumbles) total just 80 yards in offense and the Rams (five fumbles), with their stable of running backs, just 108.
Pinellas Park, which totalled minus-24 yards in the first half, outgained Riverview 86-36 in the second.