RIVERVIEW — East Bay coach Frank LaRosa knew the rivalry game against neighboring Riverview would be a dogfight, and it’s one the Indians coach is happy went in his favor, 26-20 on Saturday.
It almost didn’t, however, as the Indians started a little flat and almost let Riverview cruise to a win. But Riverview (1-1) fumbled on both of its possessions in overtime, including the first series when the Sharks needed just a chip-shot field goal to win.
After Riverview took a 20-12 lead on a 40-yard scramble by quarterback Keisean Young, East Bay (2-0) came to life. With a little more than three minutes left in regulation, return man Christian Angulo set the Indians up with the ball on the Sharks’ 29. From there, senior running back Chris Greene, along with senior quarterback Chris Carpentier, started pounding the middle.
Greene cut the lead with a 2-yard scoring run, then evened the game by running for the 2-point conversion.
In overtime, East Bay missed a field goal try in its attempt from the 10, but the Sharks fumbled on their possession and fumbled on the second overtime drive. Greene then ended the game with a 10-yard scoring run to the near side.
“Our senior running back stepped up,” LaRosa said of Greene. “We just kept feeding the beast.”
For Riverview, the offense struggled, but senior defensive back Marizce Poole stepped up, returning an interception and a blocked field goal attempt for touchdowns.
East Bay 6 0 6 8 6 – 26
Riverview 7 7 0 6 0 – 20
E – Anderson 27 run (run failed)
R – Poole 76 interception return (Stage kick)
R – Poole 63 blocked field goal return (Stage kick)
R – Young 40 run (kick blocked)
E – Greene 2 run (Green run)
E – Greene 10 run (no conversion attempted)
BRADENTON CHR. 30, CAMBRIDGE CHRISTIAN 7
Bradenton Christian beat visiting Cambridge Christian behind its defense and Sinclair Laskett, who had four touchdowns in the second half and added an interception late.
Cambridge quarterback Garrett Young connected with Nick Stein for a 73-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.