GIBSONTON — East Bay may have gotten an unexpected home game Friday — after the game was moved from Brandon — but it hardly had home-field advantage, hanging on to beat the Eagles 22-21. Special teams and defense kept the Indians in the game, as they went on a 15-0 run to end the first half.
East Bay's Christian Ashford showed off his return skills, running back two 60-yard punts for touchdowns. Indians kicker Eric Morgan added a 29-yard field to put the score at 15-7 going into halftime.
After trading turnovers to start the second half, Johnathan Jones found the end zone for the second time from 23 yards out. On the Eagles' next drive, Jones showed off his speed by going 52 yards to the end zone again to put the Eagles up 21-15 in the fourth.
Quarterback Chris Carpentier found Anton Crutcher for a 30-yard pass on fourth and 5. On another fourth down, Carpentier scrambled for 6 yards to give the Indians first and goal from the 10.
One play later Chris Greene hit the left side an dove over the pylon for the winning margin.
"I told the offense that the defense has been caring us all year and it was time for us to step up," Carpentier said. "We had to drive the ball little by little and just made it happen."
JJ Garrett, Times correspondent