Make us your home page
Instagram

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: Springstead 21, River Ridge 7

SPRING HILL — Springstead played a game of ball control, turning in a strong second half to defeat district foe River Ridge 21-7 Friday night at Booster Stadium and remain unbeaten (7-0, 4-0).

"For some reason our body language wasn't good, and we didn't play our brand of football in the first half," said Eagles coach Bill Vonada. "We finished better, and I'm proud of our kids for finding a way to win, but we still have things to clean up."

In the first half, neither team mustered much offense as both defenses played physical football and forced mistakes. The half ended with no score.

Senior Pedro Estrada and sophomore Dylan McLeod had key interceptions for the Eagles. Junior Quentin Snead had an interception for the Royal Knights.

The Eagles had 96 total yards compared to 59 for River Ridge (1-5, 0-4).

In the second half, Springstead opened up a clock-eating drive from its own 20, which stalled at the River Ridge 13-yard line. On a bizarre play, the Eagles' field goal was blocked and picked up by Tyler Mahla, who ran for 10 yards and the first down. The dramatic play set a Mahla's 3-yard touchdown rush off a boot-leg play to put Springstead up 6-0 with 5:41 remaining. Scott Baker converted the point after.

In the fourth quarter, the Eagles added two more touchdowns. The first came with 9:27 remaining, as sophomore running back Daniel Wright scored on a 3-yard touchdown rush, and Mahla found senior receiver Shane Scorza open in the end zone on a 10-yard touchdown pass.

Junior Jesse Cowan had two sacks for the Eagles, as the Springstead defense held River Ridge in check all night.

The Royal Knights didn't score until the 2:24 mark of the fourth when senior quarterback Josh Maisel scampered for a 6-yard touchdown.

On the Web

Have a question for one of our prep writers? Want to sound off in response to one of our writers' blog posts? For this and more, visit tampabay.com/hometeam.

Springstead21
River Ridge7

Football: Springstead 21, River Ridge 7 10/12/12 [Last modified: Friday, October 12, 2012 11:56pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Blake Snell shines as Rays beat Mariners to end skid (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Blake Snell delivered the best outing of his young career and the Rays offense continued its home run-hitting ways for a 3-0 victory Sunday against the Mariners in front of 13,354 at Tropicana Field.

    Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) with starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) after the top of the seventh inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.
  2. Bucs' Demar Dotson should be back from injury next week

    Bucs

    The Bucs got good news on starting right tackle Demar Dotson, whose MRI showed only a mild right groin sprain and should be back at practice next week.

    Bucs tackle Demar Dotson, shown last year when he signed a three-year contract extension, should only miss a week of practice with his groin injury and can return healthy for the Bucs' season opener at Miami in three weeks. [Octavio Jones | Times]
  3. Rowdies settle for draw at home

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — The good news for the Rowdies is that they still haven't lost a game at Al Lang Stadium since late April. The bad news is they had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Ottawa on Saturday night in front of 6,710 sweaty fans.

  4. Bats come to life, but Rays' freefall continues (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG —The six runs seemed like a ton, just the second time the Rays had scored that many in a game during their numbing two-plus-weeks stretch of offensive impotency, and amazingly, the first time at the Trop in nearly two months.

    Lucas Duda connects for a two-run home run in the sixth, getting the Rays within 7-5. A Logan Morrison home run in the ninth made it 7-6, but Tampa Bay couldn’t complete the comeback.