VALRICO — One big play offset dozens of less auspicious ones as Bloomingdale edged East Bay 14-6 Thursday night.
Terrel Ferrell scored on an 80-yard pass with seven minutes, 31 seconds remaining to help the host Bulls (2-2) improve to 2-0 in Class 7A, District 9. Ferrell made the catch in stride on a post route, cut upfield along the near hash marks, then angled away from the safety in a race to the near pylon.
East Bay (1-3, 0-2) dropped its third in a row.
Key drive: Bloomingdale answered East Bay's touchdown late in the first quarter with its most productive drive of the game in terms of yards gained. Starting at midfield, the Bulls needed five plays to cover 50 yards and score the go-ahead touchdown. The drive was capped by a 35-yard scoring run by freshman Charles Montgomery. Montgomery was making his return to the lineup after sustaining a concussion Sept. 1 against Chamberlain. Kicker Jacob McDonald converted the extra point to give the Bulls a 7-6 lead.
Stars of the game: For Bloomingdale, Ferrell finished with three catches for 95 yards. Tyler Hunter completed 12 of 23 for 160 yards. Montgomery finished with 59 yards rushing on 11 carries. For East Bay, Tanner Morris completed 15 of 24 for 70 yards and a touchdown. David Mays scored the team's touchdown.
Stats of the game: Take away the 80-yard scoring play by Ferrell and the teams combined for 64 yards of offense in the second half. For the game, East Bay finished with 132. Bloomingdale hurt its cause with four turnovers. East Bay hurt its cause with two missed field goals (36 and 34 yards) and a missed extra point. East Bay also hurt itself with three punts of less than 25 yards. The teams combined for 16 penalties for 168 yards.
Final Word I: "We had a good week of practice and were focused. We've just got things to clean up." — East Bay coach Frank LaRosa
Finale Word II: "Charles gave us a spark (in the first half). He is lacking a little in conditioning right now, but he is going to be something special,." — Bloomingdale coach Max Warner
Up next: Bloomingdale at Middleton on Monday; Durant at East Bay on Monday