CHESAPEAKE, Va. - It was a highly anticipated matchup for weeks. In a battle of unbeaten Southeastern District rivals, Indian River prevailed over Oscar Smith 28-16 on Saturday afternoon.
The Braves have lost every game in the series since 1998.
Ah'shawn Moore scored one rushing and one receiving touchdown for the Braves.
Moore, who mainly plays on defense made a one-handed grab to put the Braves up 28-10.
"It feels good to get the monkey off our back," said Indian River head coach Glenwood Ferebee. "Now we can move on with life in a sense, because everybody puts the focus on this game in the community, and we finally got it done."
Cam'Ron Kelley, who left the game with a lower body injury twice, hit Kenny Etheridge late in the fourth quarter for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 28-16, but the Tigers failed to get any closer.
The Braves (8-and-0) now hold a one game lead over the Tigers (7-and-1) in the Southeastern district standings.
"Coach [Ferebee] told us from the jump that this team is probably one of the best teams he has ever coached," Indian River and former Oscar Smith QB Dominique Brooks said.
"We didn't let any of the hype, any of the negative things that people said to us get in our way."