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Terriers sprint to victory

Hillsborough takes a 28-0 lead on its way to a 35-21 win over Sarasota Riverview.

DON JENSEN
Published October 9, 2004

TAMPA - Watching Hillsborough's first drive of the second half, coach Earl Garcia told assistant Frank Emanuel "those boys don't have a chance because it's just one of those nights."

The Terriers also are hoping it's one of those years.

Hillsborough played a near-perfect first half and improved to 5-0 for the first time in five years by beating Sarasota Riverview 35-21 Friday at Chelo Huerta Field.

Terriers quarterback Jarred Fayson had three rushing touchdowns and a scoring pass. But Hillsborough got plenty of help from Riverview running back C.J. Hamilton, who lost four first-half fumbles that led to three Terrier TDs. Hamilton was wearing underliners on both arms for the first time this year.

Garcia was impressed by Hillsborough's precision in the first half that produced a 21-0 lead. The Terriers had 14 first downs and 236 yards in offense.

"It was absolutely our best offensive half, the defense was opportunistic and we kicked the ball well," Garcia said. "But when we started the second half out the way we did, I just knew it was our night."

Hillsborough's first drive in the third quarter produced a 28-0 lead. First, Riverview (3-2) blocked a Tony Wall punt, but Jonathan Davis picked up the ball and ran 7 yards for a Hillsborough first down to the Terrier 46. Then on a fumble, a Terrier offensive lineman plucked the ball from the air and advanced it closer to the end zone. Fayson followed with a 4-yard TD run.

Riverview closed to within 28-14, but Stephan Knight sprinted 57 yards for a touchdown with 3:46 left for Hillsborough.

"After five football games, we're 5-0 for the first time since 1999 when we were 12-0 and played Lakeland in what turned out to be the real state championship," Garcia said. "When the kids come every single day with their lunch pails and ready to work, hey man, that's all you can ask for."

Fayson completed 10 of 15 passes for 103 yards and rushed 13 times for 80 yards. Knight added 92 yards rushing.

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