Max­imus de­feat

Gla­di­a­tors tri­umph over Ea­gles, 14-7

The Covington News - - SPORTS - By Ja­son Mur­dock

ATHENS — De­spite hav­ing more to­tal of­fen­sive yards, first downs, rush­ing yards, pass­ing yards, com­ple­tions, fewer fum­bles, less punts and fewer penal­ties than Clarke Cen­tral, the Ea­gles watched their sea­son come to an end Fri­day night at Billy Henderson Sta­dium, 14-7.

“Our de­fense played well enough for us to win,” said Clarke Cen­tral head coach Leroy Ryals. “They did a heck of a job. Our kids did a good job just not let­ting them in the end zone.”

East­side’s game plan was to keep Dar­rieon Robin­son out of the end zone, and that’s ex­actly what the Ea­gles (7-3 over­all, 3-2 Re­gion 8-AAAA, Sub-re­gion B) did. How­ever, the back­breaker was a 90yard kick­off re­turn by Clarke Cen­tral’s Der­rick Smith.

De­spite Robin­son break­ing the cen­tury mark with 105 yards on 18 car­ries, it wasn’t enough for the Ea­gles to beat the Gla­di­a­tors (7-2-1, 5-1) and ex­tend their sea­son for at least one more week, fall­ing just shy of mak­ing the Class AAAA play­offs.

“They’ve got noth­ing to be ashamed of,” stated East­side head coach Rick Hurst. “I’m ex­tremely proud of our se­niors and what they’ve meant to this pro­gram for the last three years. It’s un­for­tu­nate they don’t get to expe- ri­ence what I wanted them to, but it’s a step­ping stone. Hope­fully, our un­der­class­men see now that you’ve got to play for 48 min­utes and you’ve got to play smart.”

Af­ter a score­less open­ing quar­ter, the

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Game over: The Rams watch as the fi­nal sec­onds of their sea­son ends.

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One for the ages:

The East­side Ea­gles ended their 2007 sea­son 7-3 over­all, just shy of a play­off berth. Two years ago they were 0-10.

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