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Mehle helps Eagles blast Warhawks 48-0

East Lake quarterback Chad Mehle had a bit of trouble finding the right words to describe his team's 48-0 Saturday night thrashing of Seminole.

"We were just _ ready," the Eagles' senior signal-caller said, shrugging his pad-encased shoulders.

Seminole coach Sam Roper didn't have quite the same twisted tongue. After all, his team did look, at times, like a semi-conscious fly stuck in a great big spider web.

"We just got an old-fashioned butt-kicking," he said.

Both teams are still in the playoff hunt after Saturday's lopsided game. If Seminole beats Clearwater on the road next week, it wins the Class 5A, District 9 title. The Eagles play King in their homecoming game next weekend, and still have a shot at the 6A-5 title with a win.

But after Saturday night, both have different roads to pave to prepare for next week.

"For us, it's gut-check time," Roper said. "We were just . . . embarrassed tonight."

For the Eagles, it's Adrenaline time.

"We needed a big game right now," East Lake coach Tom Keeler said. "We got them really pumped up in the locker room, really ready.

"I just hope this gives us the momentum we need."

The Eagles came out of the locker room on a wave, scoring 27 points in the opening half, including a 22-yard run by Mehle and a 19-yard touchdown connection from Mehle to Jason Floyd.

Mehle added 3-, 5- and 7-yard keepers in the second half. The five touchdowns he was involved in were a career-high.

"The offensive line did an incredible job tonight," he said. "They just really opened it up."

East Lake junior kicker Alex Myers was also a star of the game, kicking two field goals, six extra points and pinning the Warhawks with ferocious kickoffs and punts. His longest boot of the night, a 72-yard punt on the opening possession of the second half, gagged Seminole at its 5.

Four plays later, the Warhawks were forced to give the ball up on its own 3 when their punter bobbled a high snap in the end zone and ran out of bounds. East Lake scored on the next play.