GIBSONTON — East Bay (4-5, 3-2) held on to an early seven-point lead to edge Brandon (1-8, 1-4) 7-6 Friday. However, Newsome's easy win over Plant City secured the Wolves' place ahead of the Indians for 7A-8 runnerup.
The game remained scoreless until the second quarter when East Bay's Chris Carpentier found Brandon Byrd for a 63-yard touchdown. Carpentier was perfect on his first four passes.
After not punting the first half, the Indians (4-5, 3-2) were forced to kick it away the first two series of the second and fumbled away the ball on the third series. Brandon had fourth and 4 at the 9-yard line with less than 61/2 minutes remaining trailing by four. The team settled for a field goal.
The Eagles defense held but the special teams let a punt bounce over the returner's head and roll to the 9. Brandon (1-8, 1-4) turned it over on downs at midfield.
Bobby Winsler, Times correspondent