Gladiators triumph over Eagles, 14-7
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
Game over: The Rams watch as the final seconds of their season ends.
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.