GIBSONTON — East Bay has been known to offer a hard-nosed ground attack, physical play on the line of scrimmage and an aggressive and opportunistic defense.
So far this season, the Indians are carrying on that tradition well.
Jaelin Sneed rushed for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns and the East Bay defense pitched its second shutout in three games as the Indians (3-0) knocked off Riverview 22-0 on Friday. The win is the Indians’ 13th in a row versus the Sharks and extends the overall series lead to 18-4.
East Bay opened the game with a series of nice gains on the ground but Riverview defensive back Jordan Ortiz snagged an interception on quarterback Nathan Carter’s first pass attempt to thwart the drive.
East Bay broke through early in the second quarter when junior wingback Vincent Ketchup went around end from 6 yards for a 7-0 lead. Later in the quarter another promising Indians drive fizzled with a pair of personal fouls that resulted in 28 penalty yards and forced a punt.
The Indians responded to head coach Mike Gottman’s halftime message and started to impose their will on a feisty Riverview (2-1) team that was more than willing to mix it up.
In the third quarter, an interception by junior Christian Stewart set the Indians up at the Riverview 25-yard line. From there it was Sneed, a bruising 5-foot-11, 230-pound sophomore, taking a pair of handoffs and scoring a touchdown from 10 yards out. Sneed also converted on the two-point conversion.
“He’s going to get better and better. He’s just a sophomore still figuring it out,” said Gottman. “He’s a great kid, great student and I would like to have a whole team of kids like him.”
A light rain that had been teasing the crowd started to come down harder in the fourth quarter, and the Indians chewed up yardage and drained the clock with Sneed capping his big night with his second 10-yard touchdown late.
“We didn’t play our best football in the first half. We chewed on them pretty good at halftime. We knew if we played up to our potential, the only team that can stop us is us,” Gottman said. “We’ve got to work on some of those things but I’m proud of how the kids responded in the second half. Hats off to Rverview. They played hard the entire game.”