Senior halfback Pete Apostolou led all rushers with 202 yards and four touchdowns as visiting East Lake rolled to a 49-3 win over St. Petersburg in a non-district contest between two Class 4A teams Friday night.
East Lake, improved to 4-0. St. Petersburg dropped to 1-4.
"The offensive line was doing a great job and I was just following them," Apostolou said. "Every time I got the ball it seemed like there was a big hole. If I didn't score, someone else would have."
East Lake fullback Jay J. Martin, a senior, added 135 rushing yards and a touchdown. Overall, East Lake gained an impressive 386 yards on the ground.
"I'm feeling really good about our team," Apostolou said. "At the beginning of the year I thought we were kind of small and I didn't know what to expect. But we really rose to the occasion."
With little time to throw, St. Petersburg quarterback Reggie Oglesby was forced into a short-range passing game. Despite turning in a 15-for-26 performance, his team gained a mere 103 yards through the air. Oglesby also was sacked four times for minus-20 yards.
St. Petersburg avoided the shutout with a 23-yard field goal from Barry Markey midway through the third period. Markey also led all receivers with six catches for 47 yards. He punted five times for an impressive 38.8 average, as well.