DUNEDIN — East Lake clinched second in Class 5A, District 8 — and the resulting playoff berth — by beating Dunedin 22-0. It was the Eagles' second shutout of the season.
In the first quarter, senior Jamaal Wilburn ran nine times for 82 yards and two touchdowns before leaving with an ankle injury. He returned briefly in the second half, carrying two more times for 15 yards. With Wilburn out, five players combined for 113 yards on 23 carries.
After a safety gave the Eagles a 15-0 lead, senior Sam Shaffer connected with senior Drew Harwood for a 15-yard touchdown.
Junior Tyler Higbee caught eight passes for a game-high 94 yards.
The Eagles, who beat Clearwater 24-0 on Sept. 25, allowed just 1 rushing yard, recorded six tackles for loss and two sacks and forced four turnovers (two fumbles and two interceptions).
Paul Mueller, Times correspondent