BRANDON - It was an unhappy Homecoming for Brandon, which lost to Riverview 34-7 in a sloppy matchup.
Even in victory, the Sharks made many mistakes. They had 14 penalties totaling 95 yards and turned the ball over four times with two interceptions and a pair of fumbles. But the Eagles were unable to take advantage.
The Eagles were penalized only three times for 30 yards, but they had five fumbles, all resulting in scores for Riverview.
"Games are often determined by who makes the fewest mistakes," Riverview coach Dan O'Regan said. "We made fewer than Brandon and were able to capitalize on theirs. All three parts of our team played well. The offense did well and the defense has been tough for us all season. A lot of our kids stepped up, especially (defensive back) Jamahl Hurley."
Thurston Reaves was the workhorse for the Sharks. The agile sophomore running back carried 16 times for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Darren Deravil scored Brandon's only touchdown on a 41-yard pass from Tyson Gordon. Cabot Brown kicked the Eagles extra point.
Brandon entered the game 3-2 with hopes of a wildcard berth in the playoffs. The Eagles are now 3-3 with no room for another loss.
In the first half, the Eagles were unable to move the Riverview defense. The Sharks defensive line was solid in the middle, and the secondary was stable.
In the first half, the Eagles managed only 57 yards on the ground and 18 through the air. For the game, Brandon totaled only 109 yards rushing.
Riverview started with a strong ground game and a 42-yard touchdown run on its first series by . Thurston Reaves, who scored untouched. Keegan Peterson's extra point gave the Sharks a 7-0 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the first quarter. That was all the scoring for the first half.
The third period was disastrous for Brandon, which fumbled the ball away ball three times, setting up three touchdowns for Riverview.
Brandon killed two of its drives with fumbles.