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Football: Brandon 21, Blake 13

Published Sep. 17, 2016

TAMPA — Blake (2-1, 0-1) tried to keep its perfect start alive during Homecoming night, but Brandon (2-2, 1-0) converted turnovers into touchdowns to earn its first Class 6A, District 7 victory.

Key drive: Blake had trouble gripping and snapping the ball — and the Eagles capitalized on by swooping in on a botched punt snap. Six plays later, sophomore Barry Wyche squeezed through the line of scrimmage on a quarterback keep to tie the score 7--all early in the third quarter. The scoring drive began a 21-6 run for the Eagles.

Stars of the game: Brandon's Tyrek Ball was a major contribution in helping seal the win. He scored on a quick 13-yard slant from Wyche and later followed with a fumble recovery for a touchdown. … For Blake, cornerback Romell Mungin swarmed the field. The senior had two tackles for losses and two interceptions, including one that put Blake on Brandon's side of the field.

Stats of the game: It was an active night for both defenses. A total of six turnovers were committed on fumbles alone. The Eagles recovered four while Blake picked up two.

Final word: "Our coaching staff needed to give some of our players a shout and had to give some of them a hug. The message was to stay the course, work the plan, and it paid off." — Brandon coach Dean Eychner on halftime adjustments