VALRICO — East Bay stifled a Bloomingdale rally with under a minute left to capture a dramatic 28-26 victory. The Bulls missed a chance to go 3-0 for the first time.
Down by two with less than four minutes left, the Bulls forced a quick three-and-out. With star running back Eugene Baker sidelined by cramps, quarterback Cody Crouse led the Bulls from their 46 deep into East Bay territory. Crouse gained 17 yards on third and 1 to reach the Indians' 1 with less than a minute to play. One play later Crouse tossed the ball to Kameron Faile, who fumbled while fighting for yardage.
"It looked like we put a helmet right on the football," East Bay coach Frank LaRosa said. "That thing popped straight back and we had a couple guys there to make the recovery."
Baker had three rushing TDs despite missing most of the second half.
Travis Puterbaugh, Times correspondent