The Covington News - - News - By Josh Briggs

East­side foot­ball coach said on Thurs­day he wanted to make a state­ment Satur­day night against Stephens County. Mis­sion ac­com­plished.

The Ea­gles (5-0, 2-0 Re­gion 8AAA) scored 21 unan­swered points in the sec­ond half and forced five turnovers en route to a 38-14 thrash­ing of the Bull­dogs at Sharp Sta­dium.

The Ea­gles de­feated a Bull­dog (3-2, 1-1) team that hadn’t lost in Re­gion 8AAA play since drop­ping a 10-7 de­ci­sion to Oconee County in 2004.

“When you beat some­one that hasn’t been beaten, that hasn’t lost a re­gion game since ’04, it’s just a tremendous ef­fort,” Hurst said. “I am so proud of where this pro­gram is go­ing. We’ve got a good foot­ball team and I am tired of just ev­ery­body around here know­ing it. Now ev­ery­body’s go­ing to know it.”

East­side’s Justin Wray threw for 107 yards while ac­count­ing for three touch­downs, in­clud­ing two on of­fense and one de­fen­sive score.

“J Wray threw the ball ex­cep­tion­ally well.” Hurst said. “He came out here tonight and when you saw him warm up, you could tell he was in the zone. Big play­ers make big plays in big games.”

Stephens County took com­mand from the out­set and run­ning back Ren Teasley looked un­stop­pable.

Teasley chewed up 172 yards on the ground in the first half and scored two touch­downs, the first com­ing on Stephens County’s open­ing drive.

Down 7-0, run­ning back Git Aiken broke free for 51yards to set up Yar­nick Tin­ker for a 24-yard field goal and East­side trailed 7-3 head­ing into the sec­ond quar­ter.

Teasley kept East­side on its heals on the Bull­dogs en­su­ing drive as he burst for a 52-yard gain up the mid­dle and Stephens County looked poised to

An­thony Banks The Cov­ing­ton News

Ham­mer down: Karl

Wil­liams (76) forces a fum­ble while Justin Wray (10) pre­pares

to go 80 yards for the de­sci­sive score.

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