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Eagles dominate, shut out Sickles

By MATT GEER

© St. Petersburg Times, published August 26, 2000


BRANDON -- Brandon began what it hopes is a turn-around season Friday by shutting out Sickles 19-0 in preseason action.

The Eagles dominated most of the game, rushing for 172 yards in the three quarters of varsity play, while the defense forced four Gryphon turnovers.

The Eagles took the lead midway through the opening quarter after a Shawn Bacon punt pinned Sickles at its own 1-yard line. On the next play, Gryphon quarterback Drew DeBerg fumbled on a sneak attempt. Brandon recovered and scored two plays later on a Keion Roberts run.

Brandon widened its lead to 13-0 in the second quarter on a 46-yard touchdown run from Brian Burgman. The senior gained 62 yards on four second-quarter carries (not including a 30-yard gain nullified by a penalty).

"We came out tonight and showed that we belong on the map this year," Burgman said.

The Eagles finished the scoring with 1:41 left in the third quarter when Jason Howard found Derryck Davis over the middle for a 19-yard touchdown.

On the play, Davis broke through three Gryphon tacklers on his way to the end zone.

DeBerg completed 6 of 11 passes for 47 yards but also was sacked five times and threw an interception.

"It's going to take him some time to get into the flow," Sickles coach Shannon O'Brien said. "He hasn't really played since his freshman year. However, it is a tremendous boost for our team to see him on the field."

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