EAGLES 38, BULLDOGS 14
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
Hammer down: Karl
Williams (76) forces a fumble while Justin Wray (10) prepares
to go 80 yards for the descisive score.