GIBSONTON — Neither Durant nor East Bay were spectacular for the first three quarters until Brandon Braithwaite's 47-yard fumble return set up an East Bay touchdown late in the third. The TD, an 11-yard run by Andre Simpson, sealed the game for the Indians.
East Bay's 237 rushing yards were fewer than Chaz Burrows had by himself last week against Riverview when he racked up 258. The team spread the ball around, utilizing every member in the wishbone formation. Coach Brian Thornton described the running game as "perfect."
"I'd rather have four guys with 80 yards than one with 320," he said. "Who are they going to (focus) on?"
East Bay's Fred Porter scored on a 13-yard scramble in the third when he fooled everyone on a QB keeper. He finished with 89 yards on 18 carries; Burrows ran nine times for 82. Durant's Ryan Rice had 68 yards on 15 carries.
Peter Arrabal, Times correspondent