Prep Football Wrap Up

By Mitch Traphagen (

The East Bay Buccaneers took on the Plant City Dolphins at East Bay High School in Gibsonton on Oct. 25. The Junior Varsity and Varsity Bucs brought home victories winning 30-20 and 33-0 respectively. The teams, which also include Flag, Midget, Super Midget and Cheerleading, are a part of a youth football league designed to promote the welfare of south county children. The organization is open to children ages four to 15 and serves more than 360 boys and girls. Pictured above, the Junior Varsity Bucs heavily defend a Plant City Dolphin receiver and thwart a pass attempt.

East Bay High School

With only seconds left on the clock, the Brandon Eagles scored on a five yard run to beat the East Bay Indians 22-16.

With starting quarterback Brandon Zachery out for the season and backup quarterback and starting running back Billy McPhaul sidelined with an ankle injury, the Indians came into the game at a disadvantage. Even with the replacement backfield, however, the Indians had the lead going into the fourth quarter.

On Friday, Tampa Bay Tech will visit East Bay for the school’s homecoming game.

Riverview High School

It was Riverview versus Riverview in Sarasota with the southern-most Riverview coming out on top beating the Sharks 27-19.

The Sharks had a 7-6 halftime lead from a Tyrone McKenzie touchdown but the Rams came back in the second half with three unanswered touchdowns to control the game. The Sharks capitalized on Ram fumbles but the clock ran out giving the Rams an upset win.

On Friday, the Sharks will celebrate homecoming by hosting the Durant Cougars.

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