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Sharks barrel over Titans

Published November 11, 2004

RIVERVIEW - Even with no playoff game available, Riverview coach Dan O'Regan had no problem motivating his team for a make-up game.

"All I had to tell them was a loss would make them the only losing team in the history of the school," O'Regan said.

The Sharks (5-5) defeated Tampa Bay Tech 50-14. Senior wide receiver Jason Harmon led the attack for Riverview, carrying the ball 16 times for 119 yards and three touchdowns. He added two receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Stephen Tripp scored the first Titans touchdown on a 1-yard dive and Ernest Powell caught an 11-yard pass from Dominic Grooms for another.

FREEDOM 31, BRANDON 28: Chris Surdovel kicked a 23-yard field goal with 1:11 left to end the visiting Patriots' season on a high note. The field goal capped an impressive 62-yard drive, which ate up 5:28 on 14 plays. The Patriots racked up 494 yards of total offense, but turned the ball over four times, including three interceptions by Brandon's Arsenio Curry. Leading the way for Brandon was Mike Brown, who ran 16 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns.

- ROB BRANNON, Times correspondent

LETO 41, SICKLES 40 (OT): The host Falcons (3-7) won after Bryant Leonard scored his fifth rushing touchdown to put the Falcons up 41-34. On the ensuing Sickles drive, the Gryphons (5-5) scored on a 5-yard run by Pat Shores. Sickles went for two on the play, but Shores was stopped about two inches shy of the goal line. Leto piled up 382 yards rushing behind Bryant's eight-carry, 162-yard performance. Sickles tailback Nick Carpenter needed 34 yards to become the Gryphons' first 1,000-yard rusher. He gained 71 yards on 17 carries.

- MARK LENNOX, Times correspondent

DURANT 30, PLANT 6: Running back Matt Stwan capped an outstanding senior season with a 196-yard performance for visiting Durant. Stwan, who finished the season with more than 1,800 yards, scored three second-half touchdowns, on 4-, 5- and 20-yard runs. The Durant defense forced five Plant (3-7) turnovers to go with a recovered onside kick. The Panthers' lone score came on an 18-yard strike from quarterback Robert Marve to wide receiver Tavaris Grant early in the second quarter.

- ADAM BECKER, Times correspondent

ALONSO 8, NEWSOME 7: Host Alonso (2-8) scored a late touchdown, then followed with a two-point conversion to seal it. With just over a minute left, senior Jose Isa caught a 20-yard pass from quarterback Brandon Russell to pull within a point. Carlos Anderson ran in the two-point conversion. The Wolves (4-6) scored on senior Mike Ivey's 7-yard TD run in the second.

- THOMAS SIMONETTI, Times correspondent

GAITHER 29, BLOOMINGDALE 13: Willie Rose led host Gaither (6-4) with 276 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns on 22 carries. Rose rushed for 526 yards in the Cowboys' last two games, giving him more than 1,000 for the season. Gaither tailback Ovie Esalomi, who had 133 yards on 15 carries, also broke the 1,000-yard mark.

- JEREMY RASMUSSEN, Times correspondent

PLANT CITY 54, KING 7: Senior Derrick Hallback gained 331 yards on 26 carries and scored five times to lead host Plant City (6-4). "Any time you finish above .500, you must consider the season a plus," Plant City coach Todd Long said. "And to have Derrick go out the way he did, along with all our seniors, was truly a big thrill for our school." King finished 1-9.

- JIM REESE, Times correspondent

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