CLEARWATER — Clearwater's Jordan Leston won the quarterback duel Friday, but it just wasn't enough as East Lake won the game 41-29.
Leston, who is just finishing his sophomore season, completed 20 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. His numbers topped both Pete DiNovo and Jake Hudson, who combined for 17 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns. DiNovo gave way to the sophomore Hudson late in the game.
The loss also marked the final game of Clearwater's Tom Bostic, who compiled a 170-145 record in his 30 years as coach.
While Bostic would have liked to see his team finish with a win, he shared his pride in a young team that didn't have the best start, but finished strong.
"I was positive at the beginning of the season, and we weren't a very good football team," Bostic said. "But they worked hard, and they got better, battling against St. Petersburg a couple weeks ago and beating a tough Northeast team last week."
Following the game, Bostic shared some private thoughts with his team before giving way for his successor, Donnie Abraham, whose son Devin Abraham netted 29 yards for East Lake.
The Eagles took a 31-7 lead into halftime, but Clearwater took advantage of East Lake putting its second string on the field in the second half, pounding the Eagles offensively with a passing game from Leston that suddenly came to life. He connected with Devijion Smith and Rasim Avmet.