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yards and one first down in the first half and East­side trailed 10-0 at half­time.

Things didn’t get much bet­ter in the third quar­ter. Af­ter a J.T. Thorne in­ter­cep­tion gave East­side the ball early in the quar­ter, the Ea­gles fum­bled it right back to Hart County on their first play from scrim­mage.

The Bull­dogs took ad­van­tage of the short field as quar­ter­back Lan­don Beck hit Josh Carey for an 18-yard touch­down pass and Hart County led 17-0 with 7:36 left in the third quar­ter.

Af­ter an East­side punt, Hart County went back to work. The Bull­dogs moved the ball in­side the red zone but missed a 28-yard field goal and East­side still trailed by 17.

East­side's of­fense fi­nally woke up in the fourth quar­ter and the pass­ing game came to life. Wray moved the Ea­gles down the field in eight plays and capped the drive with a 16yard strike to Bai­ley to bring his team within 10 with 9:24 left to go. Wray com­pleted 5of-6 passes and picked up four first downs on the drive.

The Bull­dogs wasted lit­tle time re­spond­ing. While East­side strug­gled in the run­ning game, Hart County con­tin­ued to move the ball and pick up first downs. When the Ea­gles need a stop, they couldn't get one. The Bull­dogs con­verted two cru­cial third downs with less than five min­utes re­main­ing be­fore Beck de­liv­ered the hay maker. On a third-and five, he scam­pered for a 35yard touch­down to ex­tend Hart County’s lead to 24-7.

Wray con­tin­ued his hot hand on East­side’s next drive but the Ea­gles ran out of time. He fin­ished 17 for 25 for 257 yards but 141 of them came af­ter the game was all but de­cided.

“We weren’t ready to play and that’s my fault,” Hurst added. “That won’t ever hap­pen again.”

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