Rivals Eastside, Alcovy look to assert early season dominance
You don't have to be a big-time college football program like Ohio State or Michigan to have a good old fashioned rivalry. Two teams hungry for bragging rights will suffice.
With one game under their belts, the Alcovy Tigers roll into Sharp Stadium tonight looking to prove they belong in the discussion of who is top football team in Newton County. If they are to make that claim, they will have to beat an Eastside team that looked the part Thursday night against Harris County.
Eastside comes into the game riding the emotion of a 28-0 pounding it put on Harris County in week one. The Eagles looked unstoppable in their opener, scoring on their first two possessions and four times out of eight touches. If not for a fumble in the end zone toward the end of the first half and a coaching decision to run out the clock at the end of the game, with the ball inside the 10-yard line, the score could have easily been 42-0. Both teams looked good on defense, especially Alcovy which held Newton to 57 yards of total offense and kept the Rams off the scoreboard. The Tigers swarmed to the ball and Matt Gunnels has been as good as advertised so far as he racked up six tackles with three sacks and one forced fumble against a fast Rams team. Rod Tolen played well in his debut at cornerback as he pitched in with an interception in the end zone to help preserve Alcovy’s shutout. But the Tigers will have to score more than three points if they are to beat an Eastside team that seemingly scored at will in their game.
Eastside head coach Rick Hurst said