Footage on ABC at the end of Nov 2 part one video
And here's the story from our local paper, the Sarasota Herald Tribune, about how we beat our cross town rival!!!
SARASOTA --The improbable became a reality on Friday night.
Host Riverview High collected 301 yards of total offense and forced an injury-riddled Sarasota High offense to turn the ball over four times in Friday night’s 35-21 victory.
The Rams’ victory, combined with Hillsborough Riverview’s 28-7 win over Durant, gave Riverview (3-7) the Class 6A-District 6 championship and relegated the Sailors (5-5) to second-place in the district standings.
Derrill Ziggler recovered a Roody Joseph fumble and returned it 18 yards to the Sailors’ 41 with 9:24 left in the first quarter. Riverview quarterback Ronnie Hardison, who alternated plays with Vinny Corona for the better part of the first period, opened the scoring a little more than two minutes later with a 4-yard run.
Sarasota, which was without quarterback Casey Kelly (elbow) and running back LaDarius Goggins (left knee), struggled on offense during the second half. The Sailors only tallied 55 yards and two first downs over the first 24 minutes.
“I would say that that was our best defensive game,” Riverview defensive coordinator Con Nicholas said. “They were hamstrung without Casey and LaDarius was hobbled, so they didn’t have all their weapons. But, football is a game of attrition and everybody is hurt at the end of the season.”
Sarasota was forced to punt after its third series of the game. Riverview’s Robert Glinton led all rushers with 168 yards and he capped a 10-play, 62-yard drive that ate up close to five minutes with a 1-yard plunge early in the second quarter.
Sarasota quarterback Kyle Gibbs was much improved in the second half, making his only true mistake on the first series when he threw a pass that was intercepted by Ziggler. Gibbs and Jeremy Butler hooked up on an 85-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter to put their team within seven at 14-7.
However, Riverview answered by going 80 yards on 10 plays and getting the first of three Giacomo Minafra touchdown runs with 1:19 left in the third. Glinton gained 64 of those yards on three running plays.
“We had been working on pounding the ball all season and we had a couple of mishaps, but (on Friday night) everyone was focused,” Minafra said. “The line was doing amazing, everybody was doing their job, and everybody was doing what they had to do. We just did what we needed to do and we got the job done.”
C.J. Shelley recovered a fumble following a 7-yard reception by Sarasota’s Darius Butler. Playing for the first time since a 33-27 loss to Manatee on Oct. 12, Andre Booker got the Rams into the red zone with a 15-yard reverse on a third-and-long.
Corona found Minafra for a 16-yard gain two plays later, which set up the latter’s 2-yard touchdown run.
Gibbs threw for 183 yards on 8-of-13 passing in the second half and Robin Rothenbach finished with six receptions for 100 yards. Rothenbach, who closed out the scoring with a late 4-yard run, had four receptions for 62 yards, setting up a 4-yard touchdown run by Roody Joseph with 4:19 remaining.
Luke Nicholas recovered an onsides kick following Joseph’s touchdown. Glinton ran 33 yards to the Sailor 17 and Minafra picked up the final 17 yards on four consecutive carries.
“If any group of kids deserve to be champions, it’s these kids,” Riverview head coach John Sprague said. “They have never given up, our student body hasn’t pointed fingers at the kids, and the coaches haven’t pointed fingers at each other. This just shows that if you keep doing things you can be champion.”