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.”