Junior tailback Roy Manns rushed for 136 yards and accounted for three scores to lead East Lake to a 28-6 victory over Ridgewood in a key Class 5A, District 7 game.
The victory came despite sloppy play by East Lake (4-3, 2-1), which suffered from 12 penalties and three turnovers but managed to keep its playoff hopes alive. The same can't be said for the Rams, who were limited to 127 yards of total offense by the Eagles while falling to 2-5 and 1-3 in 5A-7 play.
"This wasn't a pretty exhibition," East Lake coach Rob Jenkins said. "We weren't mentally right, and it showed but we were able to be play physical."
Physical enough to push the Rams around at the line of scrimmage to open holes for Manns.
The Eagles scored on their first two possessions, with Manns running 5 yards for a touchdown and catching a 7-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Snare, building a 15-0 lead.
But East Lake mistakes allowed the Rams to keep the game from becoming a blowout. Four penalties (two roughing the punter on fourth downs) on one drive allowed the Rams to set up a 12-yard touchdown pass from Shane McCann to wideout Nate Fraley.
The score narrowed the margin to 15-6, but it would be as close as Ridgewood would get.