Advertisement

Spring football: East Lake 47, Osceola 0

 
Published May 28, 2016

At East Lake

Score: East Lake 47, Osceola 0

Spring game-breakers: The biggest game-breaker was simple: East Lake's experienced, athletic skill position players wreaked havoc on an injury-thinned Osceola linebacker corps. Despite the visiting Warriors holding a 20:26-to-3:34 advantage in first-half time of possession, the Eagles enjoyed a 28-0 lead at the break.. … Rising senior Bryce Miller was the first of many to gallop to the end zone, first on a 76-yard sideline sprint on an interception return, then a perfect post route and connection with classmate Tyler Rupe (4 for 4, 103 yards) for 67 yards and another TD. … Rupe also hooked up with tight end Joshua Fletcher for a 14-yard TD while third-string QB Jacob Basey found rising sophomore Daniel Slaughter for a 7-yard score. … Running backs Xavier Jackson (11-yard run, 52 total yards), David Lucas (1 yard) and Josh Green (27 yards) also found paydirt. … Osceola ran 64 offensive plays and had two 10-plus-play marches but only 12 plays were in plus territory. Its deepest penetration was to the East Lake 16 where a fourth-and-1 play was stuffed for no gain.

Did you know? The teams played a penalty-free first half. … East Lake was 6 for 6 passing in the first half and didn't run a third-down play until two minutes into the third quarter. Conversely, Osceola was 4-of-10 on third downs and 2-of-4 on fourth downs in the first half alone. … The Eagles outgained the Warriors 342 to 216 despite running 26 fewer plays.

Audible I: "With St. Pete, Pinellas Park, Lake Brantley and a team in Georgia on the schedule — all possession/winged-T teams that eat up the clock — it's good to have Osceola on the schedule. They do a great job with their ground game." — East Lake coach Bob Hudson

Audible II: "We only have one returning starter on defense and it's running back by committee, but we're returning four starters on the offensive line and the fifth had playing time last year. I'm happy knowing we're ahead of the curve offensively. We're still grinding, carrying out the legacy that (recently retired coach George) Palmer started." — Osceola coach Kevin Smalley