Turnovers helped Manatee to their first win under new head coach John Booth. The Hurricanes capitalized on two East Lake turnovers inside the Eagles 20-yard line in the first quarter propelling Manatee to a 26-17 road victory.
The game was close in the third quarter with East Lake trailing by two, 16-14, until Neyshaun Smith blocked a punt and returned the loose ball 30 yards for the winning touchdown. The quarter was filled with uncommon occurrences as the sprinkler system went off prior to second half kickoff.
Headed in to the half, East Lake held momentum following a 53-yard touchdown pass from Jake Hudson to Bryce Miller. Yet it was the Eagles who dug themselves an early hole in the first quarter. Two fumbles inside their own 20-yard line led to a Manatee touchdown from Kavious Price and a field goal for a 9-0 lead.
East Lake pulled with in two, following a touchdown run but the Hurricanes countered in the second quarter. A Johnny Lane run up the middle in to the end zone gave the 'Canes a 16-7 lead.
Both teams exchanged field goals in the fourth quarter to determine the final score.
Booth and Manatee will take their show on road as they'll face Ware County in Georgia next week.
East Lake star wide receiver George Campbell played only the first half due to a sore wrist. Campbell made two receptions in limited action, one of which was for 30 yards and set up the Eagles first score. The senior wide out said he has limited his college choices to FSU, Florida and LSU. Campbell tells 10 Sports he will make his college announcement in the near future.