Brandon 16, Riverview 8

Facing fourth and goal with less than two minutes left, the Brandon defense did what it did well all night — stopped the run.

The Eagles (1-6, 1-2) stuffed a potentially game-tying play from their own 5-yard line, holding on for their first win of the season, 16-8 over Riverview (2-6, 0-3) Thursday night.

“I’m proud of these kids,” Brandon coach Dean Eychner said. “They paid their dues coming out of the gate. I saw some things out of them tonight that reflected the work they’ve invested.”

Riverview’s only score came on a fourth-quarter punt return as the Brandon defense held the Sharks to just 107 offensive yards.

This article can be found here as it was originally published in The Tampa Bay Times.

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Plant 49, Brandon 0

Plant scored on its first offensive play and never looked back, beating Brandon 49-0 on Friday night.

Three minutes into the game, Colby Brown connected with Jordan Reed for the first of his three touchdown passes. He finished 14-of-19 for 227 yards, with a pair of touchdowns to junior Cameron Winter as well.

“I had a lot of fun tonight,” Brown said after the win. “We’re all excited for the next couple games. I feel like we’re playing pretty well right now.”

The Plant (5-1, 1-0) defense held Brandon (0-6, 0-2) to 97 total yards. The Panthers squashed the Eagles’ only real scoring threat when they forced a fumble at their own 10-yard line in the first quarter.

This article can be found here as it was originally published in The Tampa Bay Times.