By Tamas Mondovics
For Indians football head coach Frank LaRosa, the start of a another season’s formalities, expectations and predictions by local reporters and sports fans may be a part of the annual routine, but once the game got underway, it was all about business.
“I don’t care much about what anyone says or predicts; that’s gonna happen this season,” Larosa said. “It all comes down to what happens on the field, and that is where it counts.”
It appears that LaRosa’s boys are working hard to live up to the expectations of their coaches by not minding what anyone says and, instead, got the job done where it indeed counts; on the field.
East Bay welcomed Chamberlain for a pre-season bout and while needing a bit of adjustment, the Indians cashed in on three turnovers by overcoming a 13-12 deficit, scoring the next 28 points and finishing the game with a 46-20 win.
Leading his team, Indians senior quarterback Chris Carpentier, who ran for more than 70 yards, coupled his game with a set of touchdowns.
East Bay’s second win came after visiting Lennard High and taking on the Longhorns for the season opener.
Considered by most, including LaRosa, as a good old-fashioned, ugly, and sloppy high school football game, East Bay prevailed with the score board showing 22-3 when the game was called in the fourth quarter due to lightning.
With a huge crowd of fans to support them, Lennard made some effort, but there was little doubt about which team had the goods; something that Longhorns head coach Keith Chattin also acknowledged in a brief pre-game interview.
“We are a young team with much to grow,” Chattin said, adding that he does not give interviews before a game.
Chattin didn’t have much to say at the end either, reflecting on the Indians’ 187 yds of offense with one more quarter to spare.
In its 7A District 8 lineup, East Bay will face off Strawberry Crest, Durant, Brandon and Plant City a district post-season favorite.
For more information about high school football please visit www.maxpreps.com.