GIBSONTON — Bloomingdale got a pair of key fumble recoveries — one that gave it the lead, another that preserved the win — as the visiting Bulls came from behind Friday to defeat East Bay 21-14.
With just more than two minutes to play, the score tied at 14 and East Bay at the Bloomingdale (2-1) 13-yard line, the Indians fumbled. As players converged in a pile, the ball squirted loose and Christian Bennett scooped it up, taking it back 87 yards for a 21-14 lead.
“I saw (Gerard) Trott in the backfield causing commotion with their quarterback an the ball hit the ground,” Bennett said. “I just saw the opportunity and took off with it.”
After the ensuing kickoff, East Bay (1-2) fumbled the first snap and Bloomingdale’s Javon Brooks pounced on it. The Bulls proceeded to get a first down and run out the clock.
Bloomingdale took a 6-0 lead on a pair of Lucas Jose field goals but East Bay took a 14-6 lead into the half thanks to a 1-yard TD run by
Chris Carpentier and a 70-yard punt return for a score. Eugene Baker evened things up in the fourth, scoring on a 2-yard TD run and punching in the two-point conversion.