Springstead Claims District Runnerup Via Tiebreaker Game
A three-way tiebreaker game proved fortunate for the Springstead Eagles as they claimed a playoff spot with a 7-0 win over Sunlake, before falling 7-0 to Mitchell in the championship game.
Earlier in the season, Springstead beat Mitchell and Sunlake beat Springstead, which led to the Eagles and Seahawks having the inside track. However, the Mustangs would beat Sunlake late in the season forcing a three way tiebreaker.
The Mustangs would host the tiebreaker and won the bye into the second half, clinching them a playoff berth before kickoff.
Sunlake and Springstead squared off in the first half of the game, with the winner advancing to the playoffs and playing Mitchell for the 6A-6 district title in the second half.
The Eagles came out against the Seahawks and dominated the ground game and stout defense.
Springstead would score on a Randy Morgan 24-yard touchdown run, and their defense would prove more than up to the task to advance the Eagles.
With a playoff berth in their back pocket, the Eagles next played Mitchell, to see who would be crowned district champion and host a first-round playoff game.
Mitchell and Springstead clashed in a low-scoring affair, which saw Mychael Hamilton score on a 3-yard plunge in the first quarter.
The Eagles’ had a chance to tie things up late, but Mustang quarterback Justin Locklear made his biggest impact on defense, with an interception to win the district title.
With the win, Mitchell will host a first round playoff game, while Springstead will travel to Ocala-Vanguard November 11th to start the playoffs.
The Eagles will also host Weeki Wachee Thursday night for their final regular season game. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm.