What should have been a happy homecoming for the class of 1993 alum, new Bayshore coach Elijah Freeman, turned into disaster Friday night, as the Bruins fell to Sarasota's Riverview, 30-13, in large part to a defense that just seemed baffled by the 215-yard rushing game of Rams junior Karan Higdon.
The scoreboard after the first quarter was quite misleading, as Riverview dominated most stats -- including time of possession -- but Bayshore's quarterback, Wesley Jackson, was able to connect with fellow senior Obi Tarwoe for a 57-yard touchdown.
Though junior Cody Linderman muffed the extra point, the Bruins were able to capitalize again on another key moment when, with 3:43 left in the first, Tarwoe recovered a fumble almost the length of the gridiron, a whopping 90 yards, followed by a successful Linderman kick, for seven.
However, that would be the last time the Bruins would score, as Riverview simply dominated from then on, even though their game was far from flawless.
Riverview had six penalties in the second half alone, but yet the Bruins were simply incapable of exploiting them, leaving one missed opportunity after the next on the field. After having a nearly-spotless first half for 101 yards, Jackson gave up six incompletions, three sacks, and an interception that all but sealed Bayshore's fate.
Riverview all but ended the Bruins' night late in the third quarter when senior Vincent Gordon recovered a fumble by junior Troy Keys in the end zone for six, followed by a Higdon 86-yard sprint down the field for another six less than three minutes later.
Bayshore are looking to bounce back next week when they take on Sarasota High back home.