Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

East Bay 16, Spoto 8

RIVERVIEW — With the postseason out of reach and a losing season assured for the first time in 13 years, East Bay had only one thing to play for Friday against playoff-bound Spoto.

"Pride," East Bay coach Brian Thornton said. "That's why we put the pads on."

The Indians took the lead for good on a drive that spanned nearly the entire third quarter and their defense stiffened in the fourth as East Bay wrapped up its season with a 16-8 win against the Spartans.

"This game was about the guys leaving," senior fullback Chaz Burrows said. "And to get some momentum for the underclassmen coming back."

The Indians turned in a classic East Bay drive when they needed it most. Trailing 8-6 to start the second half, East Bay marched 70 yards on 17 plays down to the Spoto 3-yard line. The Indians finally stalled, but Forest Meredith converted a 20-yard field goal to cap the drive that ate up 9:55.

"That's what we like to do," Thornton said. "We kept their offensive studs on the sideline and used up almost the entire quarter."

After a quick three-and-out by Spoto, the Indians needed just more than four minutes to take a 16-8 lead when Burrows blasted up the gut from 11 yards out. Burrows, who ran for 121 yards on 18 carries, set up the score with a 40-yard run off right tackle.

"Our offense is like a motor," Burrows said. "It doesn't matter if we get 3 yards or 30 yards at a time, when we get going, it's hard to stop."

Rodney Williams got Spoto on the board first with a 4-yard run, and the Spartans added a two-point conversion on a fake kick. East Bay quarterback Fred Porter cut the lead to 8-6 in the second quarter with a 5-yard run.

Both teams finish the regular season 4-6, but the Spartans will travel to DeSoto on Nov. 21 for a region semifinal.

"That's the first losing season we've had since 1995," Thornton said. "We're not used to losing around here."

East Bay16
Spoto8

East Bay 16, Spoto 8 11/14/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 9:44am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. College World Series puts Florida Gators in elite company

    Blogs

    With Tuesday night's College World Series win, the Florida Gators put themselves in rare company.

    Florida celebrates after defeating LSU in Game 2 of the College World Series finals, Tuesday, in Omaha, Neb.
  2. Bucs like their offensive line, but PFF, not so much

    Blogs

    As the Bucs prepare for training camp and the buildup to the 2017 season, no position presents more of a he-said-she-said dichotomy than offensive line.

    The Bucs have confidence in third-year left tackle Donovan Smith (76) as well as right guard J.R. Sweezy and center Ali Marpet, shown during mandatory minicamp this month.
  3. Sign up for our new daily News at Noon email newsletter

    News

    The Tampa Bay Times will soon launch a daily newsletter called News at Noon. You can make sure to be among the first to receive it by signing up now.

  4. Rays morning after: Why Alex Cobb was out of the game and Alex Colome was in

    Blogs

    Alex Cobb obviously did a really good job pitching the first eight innings for the Rays on Tuesday.

    Alex Cobb said he had no problem with the decision, even though he had what would have been the Rays first complete game since May 14, 2016, in his sights.