EAST LAKE — Coach Bob Hudson was concerned his team might overlook a talented, yet under-achieving Clearwater squad.
"My biggest concern going in was all the distractions," Hudson said. "With playoffs next week and homecoming this weekend, we preached all week about it."
Hudson's team listens. East Lake scored on all four possessions in the first half of a 40-15 win Friday night. Clearwater got a little momentum at the beginning of the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 26-15 and recovered a fumble. But the Eagles got it right back, scoring two TDs in two minutes to shove the game out of reach.
"We lost our focus for a few minutes there in the fourth quarter but I'm proud of the way the boys responded," Hudson .
Eagle quarterback Pete DiNovo was an efficient 19 of 23 passing for more than 200 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a TD. Tyler Lane gained more than 120 yards on 12 carries and scored on a big 45-yard run.
Branden Leston contributed 40 yards and a receiving touchdown for Clearwater. On defense, he recovered two fumbles, recorded a sack and broke up a pass. He also returned kickoffs.
Andy Warrener, Times correspondent