GIBSONTON — For the second time in three years, East Bay edged Bloomingdale by one point on its home turf to win back the Red Cup Trophy that has gone back and forth since Bloomingdale opened in 1987.
The Indians celebrated homecoming with a 13-12 comeback win, capitalizing on a botched punt by the Bulls in the fourth quarter. East Bay (5-2) took possession at Bloomingdale's 19-yard line and six plays later got the go-ahead touchdown on Chris Green's 3-yard run.
"This heartbreak stuff is for the birds," East Bay coach Frank LaRosa said. "This is sweet, but that district title is going to put a smile on some faces."
LaRosa was referring to next week's game against Class 7A, District 8 rival Strawberry Crest.
The Bulls (3-3) erased a 7-0 halftime deficit with two touchdowns in the third quarter, though they failed on a pair of 2-point conversions. Austin Shear scored on a 3-yard run on Bloomingdale's first possession of the second half. And after East Bay went three-and-out for the second straight time, Isaiah McIntyre completed a 37-yard scoring strike to Cody Decker.
McIntyre completed 17 of 27 passes for 175 yards. He had one interception, a tipped pass off the hands of Logan Crouse that Shear returned 46 yards in the first quarter. On the next play, Chris Carpentier plunged into the end zone from a yard out on a quarterback keeper.
Steve Lee, Times correspondent