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Sharks stymie Brown

Riverview's defense limits Brandon's star running back to 26 yards in impressive 44-0 victory.

By MIKE READLING
Published September 23, 2006


BRANDON - One part of Riverview's game plan heading into Friday's game against Brandon was to limit the amount of times the Eagles offense - namely running back Mike Brown - touched the ball.

That meant plenty of Sharks running and lots of Sharks defense. The result was Brown turning in one of the worst rushing performances of his career and, consequently, a resounding 44-0 Riverview victory. The win avenged the Sharks' only regular-season loss in 2005, a last-second, 15-14 defeat.

Riverview (4-0) won despite having more penalty yards (130) than Brandon did total yards (115); losing two fumbles and not scoring its first points until the second quarter. Of course, the fact Brown carried the ball 21 times for 26 yards and fumbled three times helped, too.

Of Brown's carries, 14 were for negative yards, no gain or resulted in a fumble. After 15 carries, he had minus-1 yard rushing before breaking off back-to-back 6- and 13-yarders.

"Our defense is really good," said Riverview coach Dan O'Regan. "Mike Brown is an awesome football player. We just wanted to limit his touches."

Riverview's offense fumbled twice but was able to overcome the miscues thanks in part to Antwain Powers' 142 yards and a touchdown and Jaleel Addae's 71 yards and two scores. Addae returned a punt 60 yards for a score.

The Sharks controlled the ball and flow the majority of the night, turning four Brandon turnovers into 24 points, though O'Regan still found flaws.

"We need to mature a little and control our emotions a little more," he said. "The penalties were mostly mental things when we were playing sloppy. We have to fix that if we are going to be a good team."