LARGO — Largo's defense and special teams were in midseason form in the Packers' 12-0 victory over East Lake.
The offense, well, it remains a work in progress.
Largo's defense held East Lake to 140 yards, 72 of which came in the fourth quarter as East Lake threw the ball 17 times in a desperate attempt to score. The Packers held the Eagles to seven first downs and picked off two passes from quarterback Sam Shaffer (9-for-25 for 72 yards).
"We played aggressive football," Largo coach Rick Rodriguez said. "Our conditioning was decent, too."
Largo's special teams blocked a punt in the first quarter and recovered the ball at the East Lake 3-yard line to set up the Packers' first touchdown, a Marcel Durham 3-yard run up the middle with 53 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Packers' special teams partially tipped another punt and, holding a 6-0 lead in the third quarter, Jason Wine knifed through the East Lake line to block a 25-yard field-goal attempt on the Eagles' deepest penetration into Largo territory.
"Our special teams played tremendously," Rodriguez said.
Largo's offense found success on the ground —the Packers had 166 rushing yards on 52 carries— but was its own worst enemy. Twice in the first half, Largo moved the ball deep in East Lake territory only to turn the ball over on downs. The Packers also botched a late first-half field-goal attempt with a low snap.
Durham, who led all rushers with 74 yards on 22 carries, scored his second touchdown with 2:55 left in the third quarter from 1 yard out to put Largo ahead 12-0.
"We feel good," Durham said. "We're a new team that's coming together. We're going to get stronger every week."
East Lake was led offensively by Derek Hunter, who had 38 yards on 11 carries, and Nick Franz, who caught three passes for 44 yards.
The Eagles advanced the ball to the Largo 49-yard line on the opening drive but were forced to punt. East Lake never crossed midfield again until after halftime.
Largo quarterback Ryan Eppes threw just five passes, completing three for 21 yards. Eppes also had 36 yards rushing on 15 carries. Packers running back Sean Holte finished with 11 carries for 63 yards.