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cu­racy is get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter. It will de­pend on what we see as to whether we open up the pass­ing game.”

De­fen­sively, the Ea­gles will need to stop the run and clean up the secondary. Wray played much of the game at safety due to some missed as­sign­ments by East­side’s secondary and Alexan­der may see more time at line­backer as Bran­don Petit is nurs­ing a sore an­kle and will not play.

“I al­ways say you play the best team you have,” Hurst said. “I would hate to lose a game know­ing my best play­ers weren’t play­ing.”

That sen­ti­ment may raise some con­cern for Ea­gle fans es­pe­cially with Wray who played nearly the en­tire Stephens County game. But Hurst keeps things in per­spec­tive and doesn’t worry about los­ing his star quar­ter­back to in­jury.

“Of course there is al­ways a con­cern he [Wray] may get in­jured but we need him to play de­fense,” he said. “We are only go­ing to use him when we need him. If the sit­u­a­tion calls for it, we’ll use him.”

At 5-0, the Ea­gles are off to the best start in school his­tory. But Hurst dis­misses any talk of a per­fect sea­son and said it’s way to early to think about go­ing un­de­feated.

“It’s on the back of the coaches minds, sure,” ad­mit­ted Hurst. “But look, we have a lot more foot­ball left to play. We have tough games and tough teams to play start­ing tonight against Hart County.”

Hurst is no stranger to per­fect sea­sons. As a mem­ber of the 1996 Amer­i­cus team that came to within a game of winning the 1A state ti­tle, he looks at the sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the two teams but stops short of mak­ing any di­rect com­par­isons.

“Of­fen­sively, this team is bet­ter, but we have to get bet­ter de­fen­sively,” he said. “Right now, we are re­ly­ing on our of­fense and we are scor­ing a lot of points. We have to stop the run, but I think we are get­ting there.”

The Ea­gles will play a Hart County team that skunked Jack­son County 41-0 Fri­day. Com­ing from Amer­i­cus, Hurst knows a small town foot­ball com­mu­nity can be a tough place to play.

“We just have to play bet­ter for the whole game and we have to be ag­gres­sive on both sides of the ball,” he said. “We need to stay in our gaps and play as­sign­ment foot­ball and we should be in good shape.”

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