GIBSONTON — Kevin Sails’ interception in the end zone late in the fourth quarter capped a staunch defensive effort as East Bay held on for a victory against visiting Spoto.
The Indians (3-1) struggled on offense most of the second half and lost five fumbles overall, while their defense protected the lead with pressure in the backfield all night.
Kevin Hobley’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Patrick James brought Spoto within one score with 3:58 left, but East Bay was up to the task and held off Spoto.
“We’ve played outstanding defense all year,” East Bay coach Frank LaRosa said. “Our defensive line is very athletic. They are effort guys all the way from end to end. They were tired, beat up and they pinned their ears back and just got after it.”
Christian Leto ran 12 yards for a score to complete the opening drive, and quarterback Chris Carpentier found Eric Latortue for 33 yards for a 14-0 lead 5:38 before halftime. Spoto (0-4) had a touchdown taken away by a holding call late in the third and lost the ball on downs at the 25.
Leondre Boykin had 80 yards to lead an East Bay ground attack that was without injured Chris Greene (ankle). Hobley threw for 154 yards, but was intercepted twice.
Spoto 0 0 0 6 — 6
East Bay 7 7 0 0 — 14
EB — Leto 12 run (Morgan kick)
EB — Latortue 33 pass from Carpentier (Morgan kick)
S — James 3 pass from Hobley (pass failed)