In a class 5A, District 7 matchup featuring a 100-yard rusher, a 100-yard passer and four lead changes, Springstead's 27-26 win over Dunedin came down to a missed extra point.
Springstead's Andrae Brooks ran for 135 yards and a touchdown and Dunedin's Sam Pitts threw for 117 yards and a touchdown in the see-saw battle. However, after Pitt's 1-yard scoring run pulled the Falcons within a point with 1:30 left in the game, kicker Brian Alvero never got a chance for the tie. Holder Bob McLemore couldn't hold on to a high snap from center and Tim McHugh returned the ensuing onsides kick 19 yards to assure the Eagles second consecutive win.
"It was great high school football game," Springstead coach Bill Browning said. "It's a shame someone had to lose. In the end, special teams decided it."
Springstead (3-5, 1-3 in 5A-7) took an early 10-0 lead but trailed 20-17 entering the last quarter. Brooks returned a punt 46 yards to set up Wayne Schlobom's second field goal, a 20-yarder, then ran for a 6-yard TD for a 27-20 Eagles lead.