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Football: Springstead 13, Sunlake 7

SPRING HILL — It was a tale of two halves at Booster Stadium on Friday night.

Springstead came out in the first half and dominated field position, the clock, the ground game and the scoreboard, building a 13-0 halftime lead off two field goals by senior Scott Baker.

The Seahawks came back in the second half and won field position, ball control and the run game. They scored on an Eddie Burgos reception and came as close as the Eagles 20 with a chance to tie. But a huge fourth-and-15 conversion was called back on a holding penalty, and the Seahawks could not convert on the second try.

Springstead gained its only first down in the second half and was able to kneel down to run out the rest of the game clock, clinging to a 13-7 lead.

"I know it hurts and it should hurt," Seahawks coach Bill Browning said. "But we can't play one half of football and expect to beat good teams."

The first half was all Springstead. The Eagles gained 130 yards on three possessions with seven first downs to Sunlake's 30 yards and two first downs.

Baker, also an offensive lineman, hit field goals of 31 and 29 yards, while junior quarterback Tyler Mahla capped a 63-yard drive with a short touchdown run.

The Seahawks dominated the second half, out-gaining Springstead 86 yards to just 11. The Eagles started two of their three first-half drive in Seahawk territory. The Seahawks started all three of their second-half drives within 5 yards of midfield.

"(Sunlake) made some good adjustments and we got backed up with field position," Eagles coach Bill Vonada said. "The playbook shrinks when you're backed up like that."

Springstead got big nights from senior linebacker Pedro Estrada (eight tackles) and sophomore defensive back Dylan McLeod (five tackles), but the biggest play came from junior defensive lineman Shane Wiggins.

He had a huge sack on senior Josh Zifer as the Seahawks were driving late in the fourth.

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Football: Springstead 13, Sunlake 7 09/21/12 [Last modified: Friday, September 28, 2012 4:28pm]
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