Football: East Lake 42, International School of Broward 6
The first half of the season was a rough one for East Lake with three losses – two more than the Eagles had in the previous three regular seasons combined.
But East Lake is starting to rebound. Thursday’s 42-6 win over the International School of Broward was the Eagles' second straight.
The scoring was balanced with six players scoring. Bobby Goldinak started the first half and threw touchdown passes to Bryce Miller and Kyle Fearrington. Tupac Blanch, Bailey Fowler and Michael Del Duca also scored on the ground to give East Lake a 35-0 lead at the half.
In the second half, David Lucas had a short touchdown run to round out the scoring for the Eagles (3-3).
It was the second time this season East Lake has scored more than 40 points.
But it is the improved play of the defense that is biggest reason for the recent turnaround.
East Lake gave up a combined 95 points in consecutive losses to Lake Brantley and St. Petersburg that dropped the Eagles to 1-3. Since then, East Lake has allowed just 13 points in wins over Tarpon Springs and International School of Broward.
The six points allowed against ISB came on a touchdown on the final play of the game. The Eagles forced three turnovers, including interceptions by Zeke Williams and Karsan Lilley.
“The turn signal,” East Lake coach Bob Hudson said. “We just have to keep turning the corner. We knew we weren’t as bad as we were the first couple of weeks of the season. We’re getting there, but we still have room to improve.”