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East Lake advances with close win over Palmetto


Published:   |   Updated: November 16, 2013 at 12:03 AM

TARPON SPRINGS — Coming into the Class 7A region quarterfinal, East Lake’s closest margin of victory this season was a 22-0 win over Largo.

That all changed Friday night, as East Lake defeated Palmetto 13-12.

Despite outgaining the Tigers in total yards 234 to 59, East Lake went into halftime tied 6-6 with the Tigers.

After snuffing out the Tigers’ fake punt at midfield in the third quarter, the Eagles took over and six plays later Artavis Scott scored on a 13-yard run to give East Lake a 13-6 lead.

Palmetto answered on the ensuing drive as quarterback Sean Allison threw a 23-yard pass to a diving Katrell Hubbard in the end zone. The extra point was no good, leaving the Tigers trailing 13-12.

The Eagles were able to run the clock out on the legs of Weston Fordham. Fordham was a workhouse for the Eagles rushing 110 yards on 20 carries.

Palmetto got the ball with two minutes remaining, but was unable to get a first down. East Lake’s Regis Steighner had two of his three sacks on the last possession of the game.

East Lake hosts Pinellas Park on Friday.

 

Palmetto 0 6 6 0 — 12

East Lake 3 3 7 0 — 13

EL — FG Lacamera 26

EL — FG Lacamera 22

P — Williams 20 pass from Allison (kick blocked)

EL — Scott 13 run (Lacamera kick)

P — Hubbard 23 pass from Allison (kick failed)

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