Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Football: East Lake 51, Seminole 13

TARPON SPRINGS — Pounding the ball almost exclusively between the tackles, Seminole rode senior running back Ra'Quanne Dickens to a convincing 13-play, 80-yard opening march and a shocking 7-0 lead over unbeaten East Lake on Friday.

That was all the Warhawks success that the host Eagles could stand.

"We came out asleep and thought we could just walk on by them," defensive end Carson Lydon said. "We quickly realized that we couldn't take them for granted."

Rising with equal parts wounded pride and anger, East Lake (6-0, 2-0 in Class 7A-9) beat Seminole (1-5, 0-2) badly in every phase, scoring three special teams touchdowns along with a 36-yard score on Dylan Renaker's interception.

"Special teams is the most important part of the game," Lydon said. "If we win that, we win."

Fierce defense led by Lydon (six tackles, three for loss) held Seminole to 65 yards after the first drive. Add efficient offense from tailback Weston Fordham (111 yards and two touchdowns on six first-half carries) and the rout was on. Not that the Eagles were particularly happy.

"Seminole put up a great effort but they shouldn't have scored 13 points on us," Lydon said. "I know we're better than that. Anything over zero (points allowed) is a disappointment."

Chuck Frye, Times correspondent

East Lake51

Football: East Lake 51, Seminole 13 10/05/13 [Last modified: Saturday, October 5, 2013 12:27am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Yellow cards stall Rowdies offense in tie with St. Louis


    ST. PETERSBURG — It's not the result they wanted, but it certainly could have been worse. Neill Collins' 87th-minute header off a corner kick was the reward the Rowdies settled for Saturday night during a 1-1 draw with St. Louis before an announced 6,068 at Al Lang Stadium.

  2. Calvary Christian routs Pensacola Catholic to win state baseball title


    FORT MYERS — Calvary Christian left no doubt as to which baseball team in Class 4A was the best in Florida this season. The Warriors defeated Pensacola Catholic 11-1 in six innings Saturday night at Hammond Stadium to claim the school's first state championship in any team sport. It also solidified a 30-0 season. …

    Matheu Nelson celebrates after scoring on a wild pitch during the first inning, when Calvary Christian took a 6-0 lead.
  3. Numerous lapses add up to frustrating Rays loss to Twins

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — While the Rays made some good defensive plays, threw a couple of big pitches when they needed to and got a few, and just a few, key hits, there were some obvious things they did wrong that led to them losing Saturday's game to the Twins 5-3:

    Rays reliever Tommy Hunter says the Twins’ tiebreaking homer came on a pitch that was “close to where I wanted it.”
  4. Rays journal: Steven Souza Jr. laughing right along after comical dive

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Souza being Souza.

    That seemed to be the best way to describe the entertaining — and comically bad — dive Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. attempted in Friday's game, and the good humor he showed in handling the fallout, including a standing ovation his next at-bat from the …

  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Twins game

    The Heater

    RHP Jake Odorizzi had to battle without his best stuff again, which is becoming a more common occurrence, leading to long at-bats — including 13 pitches to Kennys Vargas in the fifth — and running up his pitch count to 118 without finishing the sixth.