ST. PETERSBURG — East Lake coach Bob Hudson doesn’t concern himself with statistics. He only worries if his Eagles win or lose.
On Thursday night at Northeast, the Eagles defense pitched a shutout and scored a touchdown en route to a 31-0 victory.
“At the end of the night I only care about the bottom line,” Hudson said. “It only matters if you have a W or an L.”
Northeast opened by going three and out and East Lake (6-1) wasted no time taking the lead with Tyler Lane scoring on a 1-yard run.
The Vikings then ran 11 plays but had nothing to show for it. East Lake fumbled the ball right back. Again the Vikings had a clock-chewing drive but came away with no points.
East Lake responded with a 12-play 85-yard drive capped by an 11-yard Pete DiNovo touchdown pass to Tyler Higbee. The big play on the drive was a 41-yard catch by Stephen Buric.
“They made so many more plays than we did,” Vikings coach Jay Austin said. “We were missing people but other guys need to step up.”
Cameron Mitchell nailed a 48-yard field goal to put the Eagles up 17-0 at halftime.
On their opening possession of the third quarter, Reggie Dickerson pounded the Vikings defense for 33 quick yards. DiNovo then went to the air and found Artavis Scott for a 23-yard touchdown.
With the game winding down, Demis Cordova broke for the Vikings but was caught from behind and stripped of the ball. Matthias Maynard scooped it up and raced 88 yards for an Eagles touchdown.
“Our defense worked hard and this is good for them,” Hudson said. “We still have things to work on going into the bye week but we’ll enjoy this one.”