Michigan commitments Mason Cole and George Campbell helped propel Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake into the playoffs with an undefeated record. Afterward the talented made their allegiance to the Wolverines abundantly clear.
Friday’s season finale wasn’t much of a contest for Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake. The talent-laden Eagles squad decimated St. Petersburg 54-0 to complete an unblemished regular season. The game’s opening drive portended the route, as Michigan commit George Campbell hauled in a 47-yard pass to set up his team’s first touchdown. Campbell would haul in only one other pass for 14 yards for the game, but that’s because he and the other starters saw their nights come to an end when they headed to the halftime locker room up 37-0.
Michigan commit Mason Cole was his typically dominant self, helping pave the way the way for three rushing touchdowns (six yards, one yard, and 26 yards respectively) and 159 yards on the ground. When the dust settled East Lake had done exactly what it was expected to. Eagles coach Bob Hudson shared in his team’s celebratory mood, but offered his players a very matter-of-fact message before dismissing them.
"I told them (the regular season) is over," Hudson told the Tampa Bay Times. "We're 0-0. It's done. Don't be satisfied. That's what I left them with."
Before departing the field both future Wolverines posed for photos that demonstrated their Maize & Blue pride in the form of Michigan caps and ‘M’ gestures with their hands. Upon putting on his hat, Campbell offered up an emphatic ‘Go Blue!’ When asked if that meant his commitment is solid, he didn’t hesitate.
“Yes,” he responded. “I am not listening to the calls (from other schools).”
Another "Go Blue", this time in tandem with Cole, hammered that point home.
Next up for East Lake is a home match-up with Palmetto Friday in the 7A regional quarterfinals.Photos taken by Mark Weaver