TAMPA – Neither the East or West side wanted to give up anything easy in the 2016 Hillsborough County All-Star Football Game at Raymond James Stadium.
The East side prevailed in a 9-6 win as Newsome’s Alec Hallman booted the game-winner with 1:21 left. What proceeded after was an ice bath for head coach Mike Thornton (Riverview) as the East celebrated the victory.
Earlier in the fourth quarter, the West tied the game at 6-6 on the leg of Steinbrenner’s Noah Ruggles. He connected on a 40-yard field goal right down the middle with just under 11 minutes remaining.
King defensive back Dwight Hopkins recovered a fumble a couple plays before Ruggles’ game-tying kick.
For the East side, East Bay defensive back Bobby Brown jumped a route on the next West drive to give his team another chance to regain the lead.
In the first half, Ruggles had a 24-yard field goal to put the West side on the board as they trailed 6-3 at the half.
Gaither linebacker and FSU commit Decalon Brooks was helped off the field due to a knee injury and never returned. He suffered the injury on the final play of the second quarter.
Freedom wide receiver Trent Burnett showed up in a big way for the East side all night long. No play was bigger than his 23-yard touchdown run in the first quarter (video here). That was the lone touchdown in this game.
Bloomingdale defensive end Sam Skinner picked up a sack on the West’s final play with less than 15 seconds left.
Offense: Trent Burnett (Freedom)
Defense: Sam Skinner (Bloomingdale)
Offense: Noah Ruggles (Steinbrenner)
Defense: Demetrius Powell (Blake)
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