At East Lake
Gibbs 29, East Lake 28
Spring game-breakers: Gibbs scored 21 unanswered points to open the game. Brejone Baker intercepted a tipped pass and raced 40 yards down the right sideline for the first score. On the next East Lake drive, Gibbs' Nicholas Nesbit recovered a fumble at the Eagles' 14 and waltzed into the end zone. On Gibbs' second offensive possession, quarterback Devante White hooked up with Gary Simon for a 34-yard touchdown pass on fourth and 29. …East Lake responded with 28 unanswered points. A Gibbs fumble at its own 7 set up the Eagles' first touchdown, a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Pete Dinovo that made the score 21-7 at halftime. On their first drive of the second half, the Eagles drove 80 yards in 13 plays, culminated by another 1-yard quarterback sneak, this time by Dylan Tinsley. On its next possession, East Lake tied the score on a 1-yard plunge up the middle by Tyler Carbonelli. With 3:07 left, East Lake grabbed its first lead on Tanner Harwood's 1-yard quarterback keeper on fourth and goal. …Gibbs drove 80 yards and scored with no time left on the clock when White rolled out to his right and ran into the end zone from 4 yards out. Gibbs went for two and the win, and White, rolling to his left, hit Simon in the end zone for the victory.
Did you know? Gibbs had just 27 players dress for the game. …East Lake played its JV squad the entire fourth quarter, and the youngsters performed well, scoring a touchdown before giving up another. …White connected on his first three passes and finished 4-of-10 throwing for 103 yards and a touchdown. …Of the Eagles' three quarterbacks who played, Dinovo had the best numbers. He was 6-for-11 for 69 yards and engineered two of the four touchdown drives. …East Lake's Tyler Higbee showed why he has been receiving plenty of recruiting attention of late after catching seven passes, often with a defender draped on him, for 98 yards. …Tyler Lane led the Eagles' rushing attack with 39 yards on seven carries. …Gibbs' leading rusher was Adrian Johnson, who gained 46 yards on five carries, all in the fourth quarter.
Audible 1: "Traditionally when we come up north, we start slow. But we were ready to play. We had a great spring and carried that over into the game. Anytime you can win, no matter the circumstances, it's a great feeling." — Gladiators coach Donnie Abraham.
Audible 2: "We gave up three big plays in the first half and 21 points. That wasn't us. …But I'm real proud of the kids. They worked hard all spring. We've got some things to work on, but we'll be alright."— Eagles coach Bob Hudson
Bryan Burns, Times staff writer