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Stwan, Durant stop Riverview

The running back sets a school record in the win.

THOMAS SIMONETTI
Published October 30, 2004

DURANT - Durant fullback Matt Stwan said he knew how many yards he needed against Riverview for the Cougars' single-season rushing record.

Good thing for him he got a big portion of those yards in the first half.

The Durant offense sputtered after it built a 21-point lead at the half. The Sharks charged but couldn't tie the game in the final minutes in a 21-14 loss on Durant's homecoming.

Stwan needed 130 yards to break the record of 1,355 yards held by former Cougar Trae Williams, now a cornerback for USF.

He started strong in the first half with 110 yards rushing including the game's first touchdown, a 5-yard run in the first quarter. The senior, recognized at halftime as a member of Durant's 2004 Homecoming Court, finished with 160 yards on the ground.

"Coach was telling me that we we're going to get it this week," Stwan said. "He gave me the ball a lot more than usual."

Durant (5-3) scored twice more in the first half on a 2-yard run by quarterback Chip Bowden and a 22-yard run by running back Michael Baughman.

Riverview (3-5) slowed Stwan in the second half and finally found the end zone in the fourth quarter.

Shark quarterback Ziggy Clark found receiver Jason Harmon on a 26-yard touchdown pass play. Then, after Durant botched the snap on a punt, the Sharks took advantage of good field position. Clark ran in a touchdown from the 1-yard line.

The drama was almost too much for Durant coach Mike Gottman.

"I have mixed emotions," said Gottman, who turns 40 on Sunday. "I'm happy that we won but I'm very disappointed that we didn't play the second half like we played the first half."

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