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Football: East Bay 43, Lennard 9

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Sun. September 2, 2012 | Michael Hinman

RUSKIN — Victor Williams opened with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, but East Bay was way too much for Lennard on Saturday night, beating its South County rival 43-9.

Brandon Byrd led East Bay’s scoring effort with three touchdowns and finished with 78 yards on the ground. Chris Greene collected 127 yards on six carries, including a 77-yard mad dash down the sideline early in the second quarter that put the Indians up 22-7.

East Bay quickly answered Williams’ kickoff return early in the first with a four-play drive from its own 35, led by Greene’s 46 yards. Byrd got the Indians on the scoreboard with his 4-yard scamper that gave his team an early 8-7 lead they never relinquished.

The Longhorns responded by pushing the ball to midfield, but were forced to punt.

Less than 90 seconds later, however, a fumble from East Bay quarterback Chris Carpentier gave Lennard strong field position at its 38. But Lennard’s break ended almost as quickly when Kelton Hallback returned the favor with a fumble of his own, setting East Bay up at midfield.

From there Carpentier led the Indians back down the field, just missing a rushing touchdown on a 35-yard run, but keeping the ball for the final 2 yards in a second keeper to put the Indians up 15-7 in the first.

Lennard wouldn’t hit the scoreboard again until early in the fourth when a missed snap to Indian punter Mike Brown gave the Longhorns a safety. Backup quarterback Diontae Johnson took over from there and hit the air.

Despite failing to connect with his receivers on eight attempts, Johnson picked up 37 yards on the ground to give the Longhorns one last threat at the end. However, two dropped passes in the red zone iced the game for East Bay.

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