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Tampa Bay Tech 22, East Lake 6

Posted Saturday, November 21, 2009 by Don Jensen
For three quarters, East Lake played Tampa Bay Tech even. The balance of power shifted after that.

The Titans (9-1) snapped a fourth-quarter 6-all tie on two short Maurice Hagens touchdown runs Friday night in a 22-6 victory over the Eagles (7-4) in a Class 5A region opener.

East Lake couldn't pierce the Tampa Bay Tech defense often enough despite driving inside Titans territory on five of six first-half possessions. Two field goals by Cameron Mitchell (36 and 37 yards) were the only points East Lake could muster against a defense that allowed just 98 total yards and seven first downs.

"In the fourth (quarter) it was 6-6," East Lake coach Bob Hudson said. "We had a couple key injuries hurt us. (Tampa Bay Tech) is a heck of a football team. Our kids played hard — always, all year long. I'm so proud of them and our coaches. I love them all. It was one of those nights."

Hagens (112 yards, 21 carries) snapped the tie on a 4-yard run with 11:24 left, capping a 79-yard drive. On the ensuing possession, East Lake was stopped on downs at the Tampa Bay Tech 42. The Titans then marched 58 yards for an insurance score on Hagens' 1-yard run.

East Lake quarterback Sam Shaffer was limited to 58 yards on 6-of-19 passing. He threw for 1,001 yards during the regular season as the Eagles won seven of eight games to make the playoffs.

Tampa Bay Tech coach C.C. Culpepper became the school's all-time winningest head football coach with his 24th victory.

Tampa Bay Tech rushed for 290 yards on 48 carries, but hurt itself with 11 penalties for 95 yards.

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