EAST LAKE — Four drives, three touchdowns.
Facing a 12-7 halftime deficit against Northeast, East Lake gave its homecoming crowd something to cheer about in the second half, rolling to a 29-19 win Thursday.
"We showed that our offense can get us out of a hole, if needed," said East Lake quarterback Sam Shaffer, who completed 9-of-15 passes for 80 yards. "We're known for our defense but our offense had to do some work in the second half. We just basically did power runs mixed with passes at key times."
Things looked shaky for East Lake when Shaffer went down late in the first half with a high-ankle sprain.
But the senior came back in the second half and completed passes of 11 and 24 yards on the Eagles' first drive that lasted more than eight minutes and resulted in a 5-yard touchdown run by Jamaal Wilburn. A run by Wilburn on the two-point conversion gave the Eagles a 15-12 lead, which East Lake (5-2) never relinquished.
Wilburn finished with 200 yards on 22 carries. Following Northeast's first drive in which the Vikings (3-3) went three and out, the senior running back finished off a 55-yard drive by the Eagles with a bruising 29-yard run for a 22-12 lead.
Northeast's second drive began late in the third quarter and ended with a touchdown run by Dominique Ellis (18 carries, 99 yards) to bring the Vikings within 22-19 with less than eight minutes left.
On their next possession, East Lake stopped the Vikings on downs. Wilburn then had two 7-yard runs before scampering 20 to the 1. Brandon Vazquez punched it in from there to seal it for the Eagles, who have won five straight.