GIBSONTON — East Bay scored 10 unanswered points in the second half, all in rather unusual fashion, as the Indians won to force Monday’s three-way tiebreaker in Class 7A, District 8.
With East Bay trailing by one with 4:41 left, Durant lined up for a punt but snapped the ball over the punter’s head and out of the end zone to put the Indians ahead 8-7.
Gabe Brown picked off a pass at the Cougars’ 10-yard line with 2:05 to keep Durant’s hopes alive. But on fourth down, Kameron Daniels sacked Trey Van De Grift in the end zone with 41 seconds left for another safety to seal the win.
“We came out flat in the first half,” East Bay’s Chris Greene said. “But we’re a second-half team. We worked hard all summer for this and the seniors weren’t going to let us lose.”
Greene had a remarkable run to open the Indians’ (7-3) scoring just before the end of the third quarter. Greene rumbled through the middle of the line and appeared to go down after a couple yards. But the senior rolled off of a defender and as everyone else stopped, assuming Greene was down, he sprinted into the end zone to trim the lead to 7-6.
“I never hit the ground,” he said. “That was all instinct.”
East Bay, Plant City and Strawberry Crest will play in a three-way tiebreaker Monday at Plant City to determine the district champion and runnerup.