CLEARWATER — East Lake-Countryside is one of Pinellas County's top rivalries, but the Eagles often haven't lived up to their end up the bargain.
They made up for it Friday night.
Visiting East Lake (7-0, 3-0) decimated the Cougars from whistle to whistle, racing out to a 13-0 first-quarter lead and never looking back until the 47-3 blowout was complete.
“We wanted to step on the gas pedal and just hold it down the whole game,” senior running back Weston Fordham said after his three-touchdown performance.
The win is East Lake's first in the series since 2007 and only the second in 10 years. It also sets up next week's home game against Pinellas Park for the Class 7A-District 9 title.
“They knew what was at stake and that it's become a big rivalry,” said East Lake coach Bob Hudson, “except for we haven't really competed with them.”
Fordham rushed for 115 yards on 16 carries to go with his three scores, and Clemson commitment Artavis Scott got to the end zone with a 5-yard rush and a 17-yard catch.
The Eagles forced two turnovers — one returned for a 2-yard touchdown by George Campbell — and sacked Countryside quarterbacks four times while limiting their hosts to 122 total yards.
East Lake quarterback Jake Hudson (7 of 14 for 146 yards) guided an Eagles assault that picked up 344 total yards and never punted all night.
East Lake 13 14 13 7 — 47
Countryside 0 0 3 0 — 3
E – Scott 5 run (kick blocked)
E – Fordham 2 run (LaCamera kick)
E – Campbell 2 fumble recovery (LaCamera kick)
E – Fordham 3 run (LaCamera kick)
E – Fordham 8 run (LaCamera kick)
C – Turowski 39 FG
E – Scott 17 pass from Hudson (Kick blocked)
E – Swift 6 run (LaCamera kick)