By Mitch Traphagen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
East Bay High School
The East Bay Indians had reason to celebrate on Friday night with a first-ever win over undefeated Lakeland High School now behind them.
The 17-14 score does little to tell the story. Except for three big plays, the East Bay defense effectively stopped Lakeland in their tracks. The Lakeland air game was completely shut down with Dreadnaught QB Chris Griffin finishing the game with minus two passing yards. Nearly all of the Lakeland rushing yards were gained on the previously mentioned three plays.
"Our defense played so well tonight that we didnít want to change anything," said Indians head coach Brian Thornton.
Thornton also seems to be putting in an extra quantity of faith in his offensive line this year. The Indians successfully converted three fourth downs - one for a touchdown. "It gives the younger players a good sense of confidence," Thornton said.
His strategy also clearly adds a new level of excitement for the fans in the stands. The team and the fans began on a roll that didnít stop until the clock wound down.
"I thought we played good, intense football," he continued. "Brandon [Zachary, QB] did a great job, and heís only going to get better." Zachary finished the game with nearly 100 yards rushing.
On Friday, the Indians will continue a three game home stand against Durant High School
Riverview High School
The Riverview Sharks continued to be impressive on the road with a 42-21 win over Plant City during their home opener.
The Sharks racked up all 42 points in the first half. Although they remained scoreless in the second half, the Sharks defense came through to hold the Panthers to two touchdowns.
Riverview running back Tyrone McKenzie added to his already impressive rushing average with an 80 yard TD run on the first play of the game that started the Sharks momentum.
On Friday Riverview will conclude their road tour at Bloomingdale High School.
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